Jadeveon Clowney will be all over the field in 2017.
It sounds like the Houston Texans have big plans for outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney this coming season. But he still has to establish himself as one of the premier defenders in the NFL.
Defensive stars like Von Miller, J.J. Watt, Cameron Wake and many others are already established players.
When it comes to someone like Clowney, he still has a lot to prove despite a breakout season in 2016.
For one thing, we have to see how Clowney adjusts to opposing offenses game planning for him this coming season. He will certainly be getting more attention in 2017 than he did last season.
We also need to see if Clowney can once again stay healthy after battling injury problems early on in his NFL career. Everything looks good after he started 14 games last year.
With budding stars like Benardrick McKinney and Whitney Mercilus along with a returning J.J. Watt, it sounds like the Texans plan on using Clowney any way they can to wreak havoc on opposing offenses.
From the Houston Chronicle:
"“They move me all over,” Clowney said. “I’m not just playing d-end. I’m playing a little bit all over the field. Just knowing the system, knowing the scheme and knowing everything we did the last three years since I’ve been here it’s made my life a lot easier. I really don’t write much down now just really study who we are going against.”“It’s not as bad, It’s actually pretty fun when they just move me around,” Clowney said. “I just line up and go.They give me the green light, just have me make plays.”"
With the Texans expected to use Clowney all over the field, I’m not sure how offensive coordinators are going to be able to account for him as well as Watt, McKinney and Mercilus.
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It’s ultimately a catch 22, since offenses can’t neutralize every star on Houston’s defense. If Clowney can stay healthy and take his play to the next level, he could be soon mentioned with the likes of Von Miller.
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