The Houston Texans drafted Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and the pressure is on. Clowney is used to playing under the spotlight and expectations and is downplaying the hype and focusing on just the football.
“You just have to go out there and play,” Clowney said, via Newsday. “It’s football. It’s not a science test or something I hate … I’ve been playing for a while. It’s not that hard.”
Clowney is headed into his first NFL training camp and took a routine stance on it. It will be a big part of Clowney’s success this season as he shifts from defensive end, his position at South Carolina, to outside linebacker in the Texans’ two-gap defense. Clowney has also been recovering from sports hernia surgery which has left him sidelined and might not be ready for the start of camp.
“Training camp is about getting better and finding out who really wants to be out there, who really wants to play this game,” Clowney said. “A lot of cuts are going to happen in training camp, and you don’t want to be the one to get cut. So you better go hard.”