Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney
25-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Houston Texans
Questionable
Injury Back
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Clowney is one of those guys who you might rank higher if you could get his health guaranteed. Last year was the first time he played 16 games, and he unsurprisingly came through with a strong showing. While he generally looks like a player who will be regarded as a disappointment relative to expectations, players as talented as Clowney rarely go their entire careers without at least a couple dominant seasons. This year looks as fine of a time as any, especially if Deshaun Watson makes opponents throw to catch up. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $22.27 million contract with the Texans in June of 2014. Texans exercised $13.85 million team option for 2018 in April of 2017.
Limited in practice
LBHouston Texans
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September 19, 2018
Clowney (back) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
ANALYSIS
Clowney was held out of Week 2's tilt against the Titans due to a back injury, but being able to participate in practice on a limited basis is a good sign. It remains to be seen whether Clowney will suit up against the Giants on Sunday, or if Duke Ejiofor and Brennan Scarlett will once again split rotational snaps in his absence.
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Depth Chart Status
#1 OLB2
HOU OLB2 Depth Chart
Snap Counts
  • 2018 Defensive Snaps:
    71
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    5
 
Def Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
740
74
2017
898
82
2018
71
5
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other LBs)

Height:   6' 5"
AVERAGE
Weight:   270 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.51 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   4.43 sec
ELITE
Cone Drill:   7.27 sec
ELITE
Arm Length:   34.50 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   10.00 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   38 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   124 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   21 reps
WEAK
Houston Texans Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
Durability might always be a bit of an issue for Clowney, but he seems to be hitting his stride after a promising 2016 season that earned him a Pro Bowl trip and second-team All-Pro honors. Still just 24, his prospect profile projects plenty more improvement if his health cooperates. Last year's production would project to about 67 tackles and eight sacks over 950 snaps, and there's a good chance he improves on his per-snap efficiency, too. That kind of production at age 23 for a 6-5, 270-pound end with 4.53 speed shows his significant upside.
After a washout rookie season in 2014, Clowney was healthier during his sophomore NFL season. He showed signs of coming on last year -- his two-sack game against the Patriots stands out -- but injuries were still a factor, including a foot injury that sidelined him for Houston's playoff game against Kansas City. He reports the foot is 100 percent, but being hale in May is a far cry from being a 16-game player. If he can stay on the field, Clowney may emerge as an impact player.
Clowney's coming off a disappointing rookie season that began with a knee injury and ended with a knee injury that required microfracture surgery. He began training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, but has a targeted return before the beginning of the regular season. It's unclear if he'll be ready to be a full-time starter, but that's the goal.
It's crucial that IDP drafters double-check the positional designation their league gives to Clowney, as he might be listed as an LB rather than a DL, but if he secures DL eligibility he'll be a borderline DL1 consideration. The Texans didn't pick Clowney first overall to bring him along slowly, so he'll start opposite Whitney Mercilus at 3-4 OLB, moving to DE in nickel formations. Clowney is like the Calvin Johnson of defensive end prospects, and he'll have the opportunity to post big numbers immediately with offenses primarily concerned with J.J. Watt. Clowney has 4.5 speed at 6-5, 266 pounds and should contend for a Pro Bowl spot immediately. Bone spurs in his right foot are the only real concern to his productivity.
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Inactive Sunday
LBHouston Texans
Back
September 16, 2018
Clowney (back/elbow) won't play in Sunday's matchup with the Titans.
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Not expected to play Sunday
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September 16, 2018
Clowney (back/elbow) is not expected to play Sunday against the Titans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Draws questionable tag
LBHouston Texans
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September 14, 2018
Clowney (back/elbow) is questionable to play in Sunday's game against the Titans.
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Limited Wednesday
LBHouston Texans
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September 13, 2018
Clowney was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice due to back and elbow injuries.
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Ready to play full game
LBHouston Texans
September 5, 2018
Head coach Bill O'Brien has indicated that Clowney is ready to play an entire game, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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