NO … BUT TOP PICK NEEDS TO START SHOWING WHAT HE’S MADE OF …
By FITSNEWS || Houston Texans No. 1 draft pick Jadeveon Clowney did not play in his team’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday – battling an undisclosed illness as well as lingering pain from a knee injury suffered in his NFL debut back in September.
Compounding the problem, Clowney was busy “liking” Instagram pictures of young women during the Texans’ 31-21 loss to the Eagles.
Clowney has seen action in only two games since being taking with the first overall pick of the 2014 draft – recording two tackles.
According to NFL.com, the Texans are beginning to show signs of frustration with their talented rookie – who signed a fully guaranteed $22.3 million contract with a $14.5 million up-front bonus earlier this year.
“What they want is for him to start showing some maturity and learn to play through these some of these ailments,” NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported, adding the Texans’ coaching staff had become “frustrated” with Clowney.
Clowney suffered a meniscus tear during his NFL debut that was supposed to sideline him between 4-6 weeks. He took seven weeks, and his failure to play against the Eagles means he’s basically missed half of his rookie season.
Houston has a bye week on November 9. The Texans (4-5) travel to Cleveland on November 16 to play the Browns.
Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien disputed reports
“I see a rookie player (who) is injured and is trying to come back from injury and he had a little setback this week with the flu and hopefully he’ll be back ready for Cleveland,” O’Brien said. “He’s had a couple injuries here and a concussion, some of that is bad luck. … I think the world of Jadeveon Clowney. I don’t think there’s anyone here that’s frustrated with (him).”
Eric Adelson of Yahoo! Sports says part of the problem with Clowney’s disappointing (so far) first season has been the stellar play of other rookies like Odell Beckham Jr., Kelvin Benjamin, Blake Bortles, Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, Khalil Mack and Sammy Watkins … to name a few.
“The first round that Clowney led off is shaping up to be one of the most impressive in recent years,” Adelson wrote. “And it’s populated with players who are showing the kind of work ethic the Texans want to see in their No. 1 pick.”
Clearly it would be wrong to judge Clowney on the basis of two games … and we have every expectation he’s going to wind up as an elite NFL talent (especially playing on a defensive unit with pass rusher extraordinaire J.J. Watt).
Having said that, if he’s not playing the second half of the 2014 season with a chip on his shoulder … he’s not paying attention.