Houston Texans rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney told reporters at the NFL Rookie Symposium in Aurora, Ohio that his goal in the NFL is to sack Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
Houston Texans rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney wants to sack Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
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Clowney said this is his goal in the NFL when he spoke at the NFL Rookie Symposium in Aurora, Ohio on July 7, per the Texans' official website:
"At the 2014 NFL Rookie Symposium in Aurora, Ohio, Jadeveon Clowney opened up about what he wants to accomplish as an NFL player and as a rookie.
"Topping his list, the first-overall draft pick wants to go head-to-head with another former No. 1 selection: Andrew Luck. Clowney praised the Colts starter but hoped to make a big play against the AFC South rival.
"'My goal in the NFL is to sack Andrew Luck,' Clowney said. 'He's in my division. I'm playing him two times a year. He's a dangerous quarterback, very smart with the ball, he makes good decisions, so I just want to get after him and sack him one time.'
"Heading into his first NFL season, the outside linebacker wants to prove he simply belongs in the NFL and is worthy of playing alongside his teammates.
"'My goal for the rookie season is to try to better myself as a player, learn a lot about the game, help my team win and just be the best Jadeveon Clowney on and off the field,' Clowney said.
"The Texans will host Indianapolis in Week 6 on Thursday night, October 9 and then will travel to Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 15 for their second matchup."
Clowney is still trying to familiarize himself with the city of Houston, according to Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official website:
"Houston is a long way from Rock Hill, South Carolina. It's something Jadeveon Clowney realizes every day as the tries to get around town.
"'I have to GPS everything,' Clowney said, with a laugh. 'Houston is big, man!'
"Clowney says after living here for nearly two months, he still has 'no clue' how to navigate his way around town. Even former South Carolina alums Jonathan Joseph and D.J. Swearinger advised him to just stick with GPS until he got a sense of his bearings.
"The one thing that he's had a little bit of an easier transition with has been the heat, after playing his entire career in South Carolina.
"Still, I had to ask: which is hotter, Houston or Columbia? Clowney's response was immediate.
"'Houston is hotter, very hot,' he said. 'Houston is a step hotter than Columbia.'
"It's a good thing the Texans get to head to Denver in August."
USA Today Sports' Jordan Godwin wrote a report about the Texans on July 7, saying Houston will draw plenty of strength from its defensive line with the addition of Clowney. However, the team needs to upgrade its depleted secondary:
"Changes have arrived in Houston as the Texans enter the first season under coach Bill O'Brien.
"While O'Brien's arrival has most fans fired up about the future, some players are less excited. Veteran receiver Andre Johnson expressed frustration over several decisions the team's front office made over the season and didn't attend spring workouts.
"The Texans traded longtime quarterback Matt Schaub, replacing him with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in the near term. Promising prospect Tom Savage came in the fourth round of the draft.
"The defensive line, though, is firmly expected to provide one of the best pass rushes in the game. The Texans selected Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick, and he joins the 2012 NFL defensive player of the year, J.J. Watt, to form what should be a nasty one-two punch.
"The Texans had to revamp their secondary, however, and will have plenty of holes to fill in Romeo Crennel's first season as defensive coordinator.
"Houston went from being the back-to-back AFC South titlist to the 2-14 league cellar dweller in 2013. How much the Texans improve in 2014 will be decided by countless variables and intangibles."
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