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Falcons RB Antone Smith: Jadeveon Clowney is 'just a guy'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Antone Smith thinks Jadeveon Clowney is 'just a guy.'
Antone Smith thinks Jadeveon Clowney is 'just a guy.' (USATSI)

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You might've seen this quotable nugget in this week's "Sorting the Sunday Pile" but in case you missed it: Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney blew someone up in the backfield again. That someone was Antone Smith, a running back for the Falcons. It looked something like BAM:

Smith, as you might guess, wasn't thrilled about the whole "being embarrassed on a national stage" thing. So he did what anyone backed into a corner with questions about getting tattooed and watching it over and over would do: he called Clowney "just a guy."

“Just a guy,” Smith said on Houston's Sports Radio 610. "I don't see anything special. He's just a guy. He's a guy who plays defensive end. He plays pretty good. Made a good play."

In fairness to Smith, this wasn't his fault at all. He just took a handoff and got trucked. There's nothing he could've done about Clowney storming in the backfield.

The problem was with the Falcons offensive line. They tried to pull a guard on the play, leaving a big wall of nothing in between Clowney -- who has one of the fastest first steps in football -- and the backfield.

At least Smith was willing to admit he got walloped though.

“I didn't see anything,” Smith said. “The only thing I seen was me hitting the ground.”

At least he'll get roughly 10 billion chances to relive the moment.

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