Expect a raw but solid start from Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney is a very solid pass rusher, and a freak athlete. We have never seen an athlete come to the NFL and put up numbers he put up. While he only played a few series in the first two preseason games, I would expect Clowney to still be a little raw to the NFL game.
While I know he made three big plays, all for losses. He’s still learning to play outside linebacker on the weak side. When he’s not thinking and merely firing off the ball and getting the quarterback or running back, he’s most effective. He’s lost when he tries to drop into coverage because he’s never done it. Having him drop is a waste of his enormous talent, in my opinion. Clowney is a way better pass rusher and someone that can really change the game if used correctly. I doubt the Texans will have him dropping in coverage too many times today.
Expect the Redskins to try to take advantage of his aggressiveness by taking him wide or letting him go inside and then going outside. If they run away from him, they’ll run in J.J. Watt’s direction. There should be a lot of activity on Clowney’s side of the field. He’s got to be productive enough to draw double-team blocks.
So even though he is a little raw, expect him to have a decent game. I would not be surprised if he finishes the game with 7 tackles, a sack and 3 tackles for loss. That is huge for a weak side backer.