Jadeveon Clowney Knows What He Has To Accomplish in 2016

It has been an injury riddled two seasons for Jadeveon Clowney, but he is finally ahead of the curve heading into 2016.

"Yes sir.",

Replied Jadeveon Clowney to a question on whether he was healthy heading into the 2016 season. This will mark Clowney’s first OTAs in which he has participated fully since arriving as the top overall pick in 2014 for the Texans. Clowney missed the 2014 session with a sport hernia which required surgery, and last season’s OTAs due to a micro fracture surgery on his knee in the 2015 off season. 

Clowney appeared in 13 games in 2015, totaling 40 tackles with 4.5 sacks. The times Clowney was fully healthy on the field, he showed he can make plays to change the game for the defense. Injuries kept him out of four games including the wild card game against the Kansas City Chiefs. At the start of 2016 OTAs, it was revealed that he had been dealing with a Lisfranc fracture in his foot.  

Clowney understands expectations set for him and made it clear that he knows he let his teammates down in past seasons. 

“Of course it’s frustrating,” said Clowney of his injuries. “It feels like you’re letting the team down when you’re not out there. Injuries happen; you’ve just got to be mentally tough to come back and show the guys you are ready to play.”

Clowney’s talent has never been in question but he has not been able to avoid the injury bug. However, he is locked in to a new season with the Texans, who could possibly have the best trio of pass rushers in J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus, and Clowney, if everything goes right this coming season, but it is going to take some fine tuning to make it happen. 

Mercilus understands that a healthy and productive Clowney would mean good things for rushing the passer. 

“It would just mean we’re adding more to the arsenal,” said Mercilus of Clowney returning to form. “Clowney is a talented player no doubt and we’ve seen his flashes and everything. He’s going to be coming along, and for him to add to the mix, it’d be great, and allow us to have a chance to win games.”

After a solid 2015 season, in which most saw flashes of what Clowney could be as a defensive player, this upcoming season, the bar will raise for expectations for Clowney’s production.


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