Jadeveon Clowney is working in more that one position and learning in a defense that allows him to grow as a player.
Voted 49th overall by his peers for the NFL Top 100 list for his performance last season, Jadeveon Clowney is going back to work to build on a strong 2016 when he was a major contributor to the top defense in the NFL. Expectations for the defense are rising heading into 2017 with a new defensive coordinator plus J.J. Watt returning from a back injury to join Clowney and Whitney Mercilus in what could be the top pass rushing trio in the NFL.
Clowney knows the defense is more than just Watt and him, despite
the spotlight typically focused on two duo, who are widely regarded as two of the best in the league. Clowney is quick point to Mercilus and the player he dubs the defense’s “secret weapon” in D.J. Reader.
“No, not just us,” Clowney said of Watt and himself within the entire defensive unit. “We got a lot of great players on our defense, up front anyways, with Whitney (Mercilus) and D.J. Reader, who stepped in last year and played big minutes. I feel like we keep our secondary good and everybody does stay healthy, we’re going to big things again like rank one again. So, we just have to come out here and compete every day and come to work.”
Health has always been the questions with Clowney. Defensive line coach Anthony Weaver remarked on the jump in production for Clowney which correlated with his health.
“It’s been tremendous, and we’re still just scratching the tip of the iceberg,” Weaver said of Clowney. “He has put in the work, he’s dedicated to his teammates, and…
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