The Houston Texans have seemingly flown under the radar for the majority of this off-season.
Andre Johnson leaving the franchise to join the Colts has dominated the headlines, but the Texans have managed to bring in quarterback Brian Hoyer, safety Rahim Moore from the Broncos and veteran defensive tackle Vince Wilfork.
But despite these signings, there are more reasons to be optimistic in Houston and one of them may well be Jadeveon Clowney.
According to quotes from Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, the 2014 number one overall pick has been looking incredibly impressive as he looks to finally work his way into full fitness.
“I’ve been impressed with the way JD’s been working,” O’Brien said, via the team’s website. “He’s been out there. He’s in early. He’s rehabbing...he’s on the right track.”
Brutal Injury Luck
Jadeveon Clowney is a super freak of an athlete, a guy with once-in-a-generation kind of potential who could be a perennial NFL All-Pro first team calibre guy, if he can only get fit. And that has been the youngster's biggest problem in his career to date.
After the Texans took him in the Draft last May, Clowney has encountered serial bad luck with his health.
The former South Carolina star underwent surgery for a sports hernia last spring before pre-season even began. In August, he suffered a concussion during a training camp practice at Denver.
Clowney played the first half of the season opener against Washington before exiting with a meniscus injury that required a September surgery. A three-game stint in November followed, before he was placed on the injured reserve because of the microfracture surgery following the Week 12 loss to Cincinnati.
Houston finished the 2014 season with a 9-7 record and they will need Clowney to be a consistent presence on the field if they want to make the playoffs.
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