Jul 26, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) practices during training camp at Houston Methodist Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The No. 1 overall selection of the 2014 NFL Draft, Jadeveon Clowney returned to the field for a Houston Texans practice on Thursday and he spoke about it with the media of Houston.
Here are some quotes from Clowney (provided by the Houston Texans media dept.):
"• On what if felt like returning to practice:“It felt great. I’m trying to get back into the groove of practicing again and being back out there with my teammates.”• On what his injury was that kept him out of practice“(They) were just being real careful with me, just taking it slow with me. I’m trying to just get back right now.”• On getting to play his first preseason game this Saturday“It means a lot, being out there with my teammates, learning what to do. Just (to) get that first initial contact with the opposite team and just learn what other guys do in the league. So it’s going to be great for me.”• What he has left to learn this preseason:“Just little things here and there. Small stuff like games we run and stuff like that. I’m really getting the defense down and learning more and more every day.”"
Like I’ve said many times … I’m just very intrigued to see what the Texans have with Clowney and how he’ll progress from the collegiate game to the pro game.
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Clowney seems to be very humble for being a No. 1 overall selection and is saying all of the right things. What I like about Clowney is he is willing to learn and he knows he is surrounded by a lot of talent not just on the field, but this is a very good coaching staff in my book with Bill O’Brien at the helm.
I’ve also said in earlier articles that I’m not expecting a lot from Clowney in the preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals, but by the time the regular season is complete I see no reason why he won’t be a Rookie of the Year candidate.
Clowney is a very talented player, and if he plays up to just half of the potential folks think he has, then I think he’ll have a very successful rookie season for the Texans.