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.