CBS Houston – During the preseason and in training camp you saw glimpses of Jadeveon Clowney’s all world talent. This preseason the Houston Texans have seen the guy that they chose with the number one overall pick 2014.
Clowney has looked better than ever, getting to the quarterback with ease and when teams have slowed him down it’s because they have sent a lot of help to his side of the field.
Now Clowney gets a chance to show he can have the same impact during the regular season.
“I’ve been waiting a long time, I’ve been training all offseason for it, I’m just looking forward to it,” Jadeveon Clowney said of getting into the regular season this Sunday.
Clowney this year is in better shape and seems to have become a much better football player.
“Probably recognizing sets,” Clowney said when asked how he’s improved, “I’m getting a little bit better than I have been, so I can get the guys to do what I want them to do.”
Clowney also mentioned that he’s picking up more and more pass rush counter moves after working with new Texans defensive line coach Anthony Weaver.
Entering his third season in the NFL, the league has yet to feel a fully unleashed Clowney, but maybe it’s getting closer to happening.
Three-time defensive player of the year J.J. Watt is getting back to a 100 percent and Whitney Mercilus is coming off a 12 sack season. With those two eating up blockers, Clowney should get plenty of chances to make an impact.
After years of learning defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel’s defense, Clowney feels like there is less learning because it’s starting to become like second nature.
“A lot of guys know the system, we just come out here and put the pieces together,” Clowney said, “we aren’t really learning the defense, we’re just getting enhancement and getting better at it.”
A Clowney who isn’t thinking as much and is playing free should be a very scary prospect for the rest of the NFL.