Texans encouraged by Clowney’s progress

AP

Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney got more playing time in Week Two, and he made the most of it.

Clowney was in the starting lineup Sunday against the Panthers and knocked down two passes, and coach Bill O’Brien said that he liked what he saw from the former first overall pick.

“I think the more he plays, the better he’ll get, I really do,” O’Brien said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I think that his play count will go up each week. The more that he’s in there, the more that it helps our team and the better he’ll get. Because basically you’re looking at a guy that’s still in his rookie year, from a playing standpoint. He’s shown us the signs of what we expect out of him, chasing the ball down, pressuring the quarterback, taking on blocks in the running game. I think the more experience he gets, the better he’ll get.”

Clowney, who played only four games as a rookie before suffering a season-ending knee injury, still doesn’t have a sack in his NFL career. That would have been unthinkable when he went first overall in the draft a year and a half ago. But even if Clowney has had nowhere near the kind of production the Texans were hoping for, he is making progress.

17 responses to “Texans encouraged by Clowney’s progress

  1. You guys aren’t watching the film at all to know how good he’s been. Once again he set the edge beautifully. They ran towards JJ most of the game and not towards Clowney because he’s doing his job beautifully. He’s pressuring the QB if not getting sacks, and as far as technique goes, he’s improving. He gets hurt once and everyone thinks that will be the norm. He’s young enough to heal completely and be able to have a productive career. And this “bust” talk is ridiculous. Even if he never approaches the status or dominance of Watt, very few do. Watt IS a once a generation player. He is a no brainer #1 pick in hindsight. About the ONLY player in the last 5 years that I would take above him is MAYBE Luck. And if the Texans can settle Ryan into the QB role, that might even be a stretch. Or someone else a year or two down the line.

    But my entire point is that if Clowney turns into an 8-12 sack a year guy, playing as he does with making teams run away from him because of his extremely SOLID play against the run, then it was not a bad pick. I could be wrong, maybe he does end up being mediocre or injured all the time, but I like what I’m seeing so far, despite what you fair weather fans are puking out.

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