To say that Jadeveon Clowney's 2014 rookie season was a disappointment would be a huge understatement.
Clowney was considered a once in a decade type prospect coming out of the University of South Carolina, which is one of the reasons the Houston Texans organization decided to draft him number one overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Unfortunately for Clowney, he was unable to live up to his and the organization's expectations because a devastating injury that cut short his rookie season after appearing in only four games.
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Clowney's knee injury required him to have microfracture knee surgery and it was thought that it could affect him well into the 2015 season.
Fortunately for Clowney it seems as if he is ahead of schedule and could possibly be ready to participate in some manner when the Texans start training camp.
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This could possibly be huge news for the Texans defense that could already be a dominating force in the 2015 season with the free-agent addition of veteran nose tackle Vince Wilfork and defensive MVP J. J. Watt.
Watt has noticed Clowney's progression through his rehab and his approach to getting ready for the upcoming 2015 season.
"I think, obviously, we want to get him back on the field," said Watt.
"That's the first thing. We want to get him healthy. But I have seen him mature, I can say that. It's a good sign. He's been growing as a person and I think that we're excited to get him back on the field, whenever that may be. I think he's going to be a good addition to our team when he comes back."
Obviously, the Texans organization, and especially the training staff, would want to work Clowney back slowly and ease him into things at first to make sure that he is fully recovered from his knee injury.
The addition of Clowney to the Texans defense could possibly raise the level of the entire defense and make them scary good in 2015.
Clowney does however have to prove to his teammates and the coaching staff that he deserves a starting spot, and the way that some of his fellow linebackers are playing it could be quite a position battle to keep an eye on throughout training camp.
Throughout organized team activities (OTAs) and the minicamps that the team has already gone through, the defense has already excited about how things might play out.
"Our defense is a lot of fun to play in. RAC makes some great calls. He's got a great defensive scheme," said Watt.
I mean, you just look at every single level in our defense. Whether it's upfront with me and Vince (Wilfork) and (Jared) Crick or its Whitney (Mercilus) and (John) Simon, Cush (Brian Cushing) and Bull (Max Bullough) and Tarp (Jeff Tarpinian) and those guys back there. Then you have Rahim (Moore), Kareem (Jackson), and J-Jo (Johnathan Joseph). You go down the list of our defense, it's going to be a lot of fun to play in."
"I really enjoy going out there every single day and flying around. We have intensity. We have enthusiasm. We have excitement. I mean, if you guys are out there, I'm sure you saw. We go wild and we have fun," said J.J. Watt when asked about his excitement for the defense in 2015.
It will be interesting to see how Clowney can come back from his injury and whether or not he can become the impact player that the Texans organization believed him to be only selected him number one overall.
Do you think that Clowney is ready to live up to his potential?