Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney told The Houston Chronicle that he was "feeling great" in his return to action during the team's 23-7 road win over the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 16.
Houston Texans rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is back better than ever.
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Clowney told Drew Dougherty of the team's official website after the Texans' 23-7 Week 11 win over the Cleveland Browns that he's "feeling great" out on the field. Clowney injured his knee in Week 1 and would sit out the next six games before missing another game due to the flu:
"Jadeveon Clowney was back in action for the third game this season. He injured his knee the first time, and would miss the next six contests. The next time out, he played a little more than half the snaps on defense, but would miss the next week because of the flu. Sunday, he was all smiles after the Texans toppled the Browns, 23-7.
"'I'm feeling great,' Clowney said. 'I'm out there having fun. Great for me to be back out there.'
"The rookie outside linebacker finished with a pair of tackles. Both stops came when Isaiah Crowell ran the ball. Clowney stopped Crowell for a gain of two yards early in the second quarter, and dropped Crowell for a loss of a yard later in the half. It was a relatively quiet day for the 2014 first overall pick, but a good day on the whole according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
"'I'll have to watch the tape, but I saw him do some things,' O'Brien said. 'I think that he was out there for a good amount of plays. He is a rookie and he'll get better with more experience. He felt good this week, and it was good to see him out there.'
"Clowney said he felt 'a lot better' than he did after the win over the Titans, but isn't yet where he wants to be.
"'I'm working towards that now,' Clowney said. 'I'm getting back healthy and just being back on the field. Getting my speed back right, getting off the ball like I wanted to. Just keep getting better each week.'
"The Texans are now 5-5 in 2014, and 3-0 when Clowney's been active."
With Clowney back in the fold, Texans head coach Bill O'Brien wants more consistency from the prized rookie, per The Houston Chronicle's John McClain:
"Rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney said he 'felt great' following the Texans' 23-7 road victory over Cleveland on Sunday, which marked a return to action for the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft.
"'Now that Clowney is back, Texans coach Bill O'Brien is seeking consistency from the former South Carolina (Gamecocks) standout during the final six regular-season games.
"'Being able to do it week-to-week, day-to-day,' O'Brien said Monday at NRG Stadium. 'He's a disruptive player when he gets in there, and he's got the ability to really disrupt plays. When he understands his role and what his job is in the different packages..and keeps getting a better understanding of those things, he's going to be more and more disruptive as he goes.'
"After he played at Tennessee in Week 8, Clowney said his knee was bothering him. The rookie then sat out a home loss to (the) Philadelphia (Eagles).
"Clowney was credited with two tackles, including one for loss, against the Browns. He also flushed quarterback Brian Hoyer from the pocket on a couple of rushes."
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