Jadeveon Clowney working with Julius Peppers and other sack-masters

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Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney may or nay not be on hand for training camp.

But he’s definitely getting his work in, and working with one of the best of all time.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Clowney spent this week in Miami at a pass-rush camp hosted by recently retired Julius Peppers.

Also staffing the event were Robert Mathis and Chuck Smith, meaning there were 341 career sacks on faculty.

“I thought JD was a humble guy who is really open to learning new stuff,” Smith said of Clowney. “He really wants to be great and improve his pass-rush technique. He’s a really good person and he deserves the success because he’s putting in the work. I think he’s going to have a good year. He has added some signature pass rushing moves.

“I think this is really awesome. What Peppers is trying to do is prepare them and help get them ready for the season. It’s always special when you’re able to pass on some knowledge.”

Clowney’s expected to work out this year under the $15.9 million franchise tag, and since a long-term contract doesn’t appear to be in the cards, he may not show up for training camp. So this work will be valuable for him as he tries to take another step. He has 18.5 sacks the last two seasons, but the former No. 1 overall pick has never had a double-digit sack season.

9 responses to “Jadeveon Clowney working with Julius Peppers and other sack-masters

  1. This is the first I’ve ever heard of a Pro Bowl NFL player going to a “camp”. Typically you hear about these guys working out with some retired greats, but this is the first I’ve ever heard of someone going to a “camp”.

    Makes it sound like he’s with a bunch of high school kids that are working out to make the varsity team.

  2. I don’t think it matters what level the camp attendees are at (high school? college?). If the likes of Peppers is teaching them good techniques, and if those techniques are new to Clowney, then he benefits.

  3. what techniques can Peppers teach? much respect to the dude who revolutionized the position. But he did so by being a giant freak athlete not by hitting the lab and developing new moves and styles. He basically just used the classic long arm swim.
    Now Cameron Jordan for the saints is a dude who is a freak athlete with moves and techniques. Highly underrated DE.

  4. Clowney should have been doing this since his rookie season. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you’re hurt alot, or don’t have a great work ethic, and dedication, you will underachieve, which he has to overcome to get paid.

  5. Amazing how he starts caring about his craft in a contract year. If he showed this effort in previous off seasons, then the contract would have taken care of itself.

  6. Have at least 1 double digit sack year and then we can talk. You’re averaging 40 tackles and just under 6 sacks per year for your career. Decent numbers for a journeyman or backup. Don’t draw attention to yourself, they may realize that you are over paid at $ 15.9 MM

  7. He could practice with Jesus but that won’t make him able to play the game since he is almost always injured.

  8. Lots of know-it-all critics here showing the hate! I predict a banner year for this kid. It’s the secondary and OL that should worry Texans fans.

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