Texans “encouraged and impressed” by Jadeveon Clowney’s progress

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It’s been almost a year since the Texans made linebacker Jadeveon Clowney the top pick in the 2014 draft and the team’s hoping for a bigger impact from the former South Carolina star in his second pro season.

His first season was almost a complete washout because of a knee injury that forced him to miss 12 games and led to a pair of surgeries, including a microfracture operation that set up an offseason of rehab. Clowney said recently that he’s encouraged by the progress he’s made in rehab and General Manager Rick Smith said the same thing on Tuesday while adding that the team has big plans for him in 2015.

“I’ve been encouraged and impressed. He’s doing well. We expect him to be a major contributor this year,” Smith said, via the team.

The Texans had the best defensive player in the league last year in defensive end J.J. Watt and the prospect of putting a healthy Clowney on the field with him conjures up images of a defense that can overwhelm opposing offenses. Until Clowney gets on the field, though, we won’t know what impact the surgeries might have on his ability to fulfill Smith’s expectations.

22 responses to “Texans “encouraged and impressed” by Jadeveon Clowney’s progress

  1. The injury explains 12 games, but what about the first 4 where he did absolutely nothing except burst everyone’s expectations? They should’ve drafted Bridgewater with their first round pick …

  2. I know this thread will be loaded with JD hate. I really don’t get why so many people root for him to fail. Personally, I’d love to watch this guy reach his ceiling as a Texans/football fan.

  3. Give him credit for fighting back and not giving up. He’s got plenty of money. He could just say, “I’m done.” He’s not going to quit. Let’s see how it plays out.

  4. The moral of the story is when a college coach tells you a player of his is lazy, you do not draft him number one overall.

  5. “I’ve been encouraged and impressed. He’s doing well. We expect him to be a major contributor this year,” Smith said, via the team.

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    Didn’t they expect him to be a major contributor last year too? How well did that work out?

  6. I left him off my draft board completely because like most armchair GMs I can predict the future and knew he would tear up his knee. Let’s blame Rick Smith for not hiring a fortune teller!

    Seriously though, I hope he’s healthy soon enough and ends up reaching his potential. Would hate to see that kind of talent go to waste.

  7. The guy got injured game 1 of the season. I don’t know any other player that gets what ends up being a major injury, tries to play through it as much as he can, and still gets criticized.

    The fact is Bill O’Brien will absolutely blast a player for being lazy (see every comment he has made about Louis Nix III so far), and he has done nothing but praise him during this rehab process. Let’s let the guy start out healthy before labeling him anything.

  8. I’m seeing “bust” used in here which means you are clueless and do not understand what a “bust” truly is. Vince Young was a bust. JaMarcus Russell was a HUGE bust. A player is a bust when they NEVER live up to potential. Clowney hasn’t had a chance to prove anything.

    He’s not a bust until he’s proven to be one.

  9. When he thought he was above working out at combine I had a bad feeling about his drive.luckily for the Texans they haven’t had to pay him yet.Rookie contract saves them . Hopefully he will put it all together and live up to his potential, just not looking good so far.

  10. If you need a backup quarterback….
    Give Vince Young a chance.. He wouldn’t cost a lot and He can still play at a HIGH level…. His career won/loss record is 31-19… He’s a 2 time Pro-Bowler with playoff experience and was voted 2006 NFL Rookie of the Year….. The NFL is all about “WINS and LOSSES”…. and this guy WINS…. There is a big difference between Perception and Reality.
    If you need a good backup QB… Bring in Vince Young and judge him as such.. A backup quarterback…

  11. See what I mean? Why the hate? Couch potatoes have never been so mad at someone they can’t be. Get a life keyboard warriors/losers.

  12. I’d rather hear this than rumours that he may not be healthy for camp in August. But at the same time I’m always cautious with what teams are saying in late-April. It seems every year that any free agent in April is “in the best shape of his career” and everybody injured “is ahead of schedule”. All I care about is having an impact player on the field in September. So hopefully this is a step in that direction.

  13. texanspat says:

    “See what I mean? Why the hate? Couch potatoes have never been so mad at someone they can’t be. Get a life keyboard warriors/losers.”

    You hit the nail on the head with this one! People who are labeling Clowney a bust already are angry fools who are miserable with their own lives.

  14. In a few years the Jags, Vikings and Raiders will all be in the playoffs and the texans will will be trying to wonder where they went wrong

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