After two seasons plagued with injuries, Jadeveon Clowney is finally living up to the hype.
The former South Carolina standout and top pick of the 2014 NFL Draft has enjoyed a productive start to this season for the Houston Texans.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the pass rusher is finally having positive conversations with his mother, Josenna, about his play.
“I just told her I’m having fun,” Clowney told the newspaper. “I was like, ‘It feels so good to be feeling good.’ We were sitting talking about it and she was like, ‘Just try to stay healthy. I hate seeing you up under the piles like that.’ I was like, ‘Mom, that’s part of the game. Don’t even worry about it. Everything’s going to be all right.”
Through two games, Clowney has seven tackles, including three for a loss, and one sack. This production is what the Texans envisioned when they teamed him with J.J. Watt on a potentially devastating defensive front.
SEC fans remember Clowney as an absolute monster for Steve Spurrier’s defense. The nation’s top recruit out of Rock Hill, S.C., Clowney became a household name in the football world with hits like this one against Michigan in the 2013 Outback Bowl.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) May 13, 2016
Clowney had microfracture knee surgery his rookie season in Houston, then was slowed by foot and back injuries last year.
Although still listed on the injury report this week with a foot injury, Clowney should play a factor tonight in the game-planning for the New England Patriots, who will feature a first-time starter at quarterback.
Prepare for what could be a coming-out party nationally for Clowney tonight.