It’s no secret that almost everyone and anyone who followed college football last year knew of Houston Texans’ and 1st overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney in some way, shape, or fashion.
The young and explosive Defensive End had shown tremendous talents at the college level and has displayed flashes of that potential in practice and his only preseason start at the pro level.
But fans of Clowney and the Texans were holding their breath after the rookie hadn’t played in three straight preseason starts. But Houston Head Coach Bill O’Brien confirmed that the new Outside Linebacker will play in his first regular season start against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
Clowney is known for his rapid-fire jump from the line of scrimmage and ability to close in for sacks as well as creating havoc for opposing Quarterbacks. It was due to that ability and the constant wear that he puts on his body every game that led many to believe that the rookie’s campaign had crashed and burned before it even started.
And while the 21 year-old’s injury had not been disclosed, Coach O’Brien has said that it will not effect the rookie and that he has been cleared to play after being checked by team doctors.
Watt and Clowney
The Texans are really hoping that the tandem of J.J. Watt, who recently signed a six-year $100 million extension, and Clowney pay dividends and terrorizes opposing teams.
And it may do just that with Watt registering 20.5 and 10.5 sacks in 2012 and 2013 respectively, and Jadeveon putting up 24 sacks in his college career alone. The potential for this defense is immense but their problems lie in their offense - especially with the QB position, but that is another topic for another time.
It would be an understatement to say that this team looks to be a defense-first squad but then again, we just don’t know until Week One when they face the Washington Redskins.
Just a tidbit about Redskins’ QB Robert Griffin III and Jadeveon Clowney, ESPN’s Head Draft Analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said that Clowney is to the Defensive Line what Griffin and Andrew Luck are to the Quarterback position.
“You don’t find these kinds of prospects very often.”
On Sunday we will all see if he was right.
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