May 17, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) participates in rookie mini-camp at Methodist Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans' Romeo Crennel: Jadeveon Clowney has to earn playing time

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There have been a lot of no. 1 overall NFL Draft picks throughout history, however very few came into the league with as much expected out of them as Jadeveon Clowney is with the Houston Texans this season. Considered one of the best defensive prospects to maybe ever come out of college, he’s expected to make an impact immediately in helping lead the Texans back to the playoffs.

Well, that’s if he can earn his playing time.

According to his new defensive coordinator, Romeo Crennel, Clowney won’t just waltz his way into the starting lineup come September, he’ll have to work for that honor.

“He’s going to earn his spot, in my eyes. … If he learns, then chances are that he’ll get playing time,” Crennel said Tuesday via the Houston Chronicle. “If he doesn’t learn, then he probably won’t get as much playing time. And now then that’s where Mercilus, he’s going to be there and he’s going to play. Or if its Brooks, Brooks is going to play.”

Of course, when Crennel references Clowney learning, he’s talking about the transition that the former South Carolina star is making to the outside linebacker position in the 3-4 scheme. Although Clowney possesses some freakish athletic abilities, the change is harder than some may think.


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