Clowney was the Packers fifth round pick, but due to a glut at wide receiver, Green Bay had to move him from the regular roster to the practice squad at the beginning of the season. It was a risky move, and it came back to bite them when the Jets stole him.
In college, Clowney didn't have great numbers as a senior (34 catches), but in his defense, the Hokies were weak at quarterback.
Upon his arrival in Hempstead, Clowney will instantly be the fastest player on the team. Not only was he a good football player in Blacksburg, but a track star as well. He was once clocked at 10.9 in the 100 meters.
And he's also a good character player, something important to the Jets. He has his degree, and is considered a very hard worker.
The one concern about Clowney is that he's considered a little bit on the frail side at 6-0, 188 pound, and might be injury-prone. He's not necessarily a guy you would want to send over the middle very often.
But considering the Jets two starting receivers – Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery – are terrific over the middle, Clowney could eventually compliment them as a vertical threat outside the hash marks. Neither Coles or Cotchery is much of a deep threat. Neither are the Jets third and fourth wideouts – Justin McCareins and Brad Smith.
Clowney gives the Jets a legitimate deep threat. And he can also can help the Jets as a kick returner.
On paper, the Jets signing the Delray Beach-native off the Packers practice squad looks like a sound move.
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