Clowney played exclusively at right defensive end during Houston's win over Chicago in Week 1, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The third-year linebacker had one sack, three quarterback hits and four tackles while playing 45 of 56 defensive snaps.
Clowney has experience at the position, having played defensive end in a 4-3 alignment while at South Carolina, but has been used as a linebacker his first two seasons with Houston. Having him at end allows the Texans to get all of their pass-rush threats on the field at once, with Clowney joining J.J. Watt at left defensive end and outside linebackers Whitney Mercilus and John Simon. Texans head coach Bill O'Brien is being coy about the team's plan for Clowney in Week 2 against the Chiefs, but we expect more of the same.
Clowney is as healthy as he's ever been to start a season, something that has the
Clowney, who frequently uses a bull-rush technique when rushing the quarterback, has been working on other moves that he hasn't broken out yet, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The bull-rush move was very effective in preseason Week 2 when he dropped New Orleans' Drew Brees for a 14-yard loss, but there might be a point where he needs something else against some of the better offensive lineman in the NFL. "If he can keep running them over and getting sacks, maybe one move will be good enough," Houston defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said. "You know everybody in this league is pretty good. He's going to run into some guys where he'll have to use some alternative stuff and he has that in his repertoire. He's been working on it. We'll keep working and see how good he can become." The Texans are hopeful that Clowney continues to improve after two injury-riddled seasons to begin his career.
Clowney (knee) registered two tackles and a sack in Houston's win over New Orleans on Saturday in preseason Week 2.
Clowney was making his preseason debut Saturday after sitting out the opener with knee soreness. He's shown himself to be a disruptive force when healthy, but staying on the field has been the main challenge for the former first-overall pick (2014).
Clowney (knee) will reportedly suit up for Saturday's preseason matchup with New Orleans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Clowney has been the bearer of bad news in his short NFL career. Injuries and position changes have derailed his progress, but the Texans aren't ready to label him as a bust just yet. The 23-year-old has shown his ability to rush the passer and create chaos in the backfield. If he is able to stay on the field, Clowney could be ready to take the next step and morph into the player the Texans thought he could be when they drafted him first overall in 2014.
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