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08/11/14 - LB Jadeveon Clowney, the top pick in the draft, made some good plays in his debut. He excelled against the run, applied pressure on the quarterback but looked awkward dropping into coverage.
"I was a little nervous," he said, "but when I came out and saw the lights and got my first contact, I loosened up."
Only on the first series, fans got a chance to see something opponents will see a lot in the regular season - Clowney standing outside right defensive end J.J. Watt in some passing situations. It resulted in Watt getting a sack on his one series.
Clowney allowed a touchdown pass that was wiped out because of a penalty.
"I do whatever the coaches ask," he said. "I thought I did OK. I can get better."
Receiver Andre Johnson and running back Arian Foster have been out with hamstring injuries. The Texans are hoping they can return to practice this week against Atlanta and play against the Falcons on Saturday night.
"I've spoken to both those guys (and), they're doing better," coach Bill O'Brien said. "It's a long season, and our trainers are doing a great job with them. Seems like they've improved, and, hopefully, they can do something this week."
07/30/14 - OLB Jadeveon Clowney, who has participated in practice but hasn't gone full speed because he's still recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia, was turned loose in pads and showed incredible quickness off the ball.
07/27/14 - LB Jadeveon Clowney was able to participate in practice while still rehabbing from surgery to repair a sports hernia surgery early last month.
"I'm not going to put a percentage on it, but I know I'm not 100 percent," he said. "I'm getting better. (I'm) getting back at it, running around (and) learning the plays."
Clowney missed the last two OTAs and the mandatory three-day minicamp because of the injury. He's making the transition from a 4-3 alignment in college to a 3-4 under defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.
"It felt good to get back learning the playbook," Clowney said. "(I'm) just looking forward to getting back into the mix, and I'm looking forward to the season."
He didn't do anything strenuous on Saturday.
"No big challenge," he said. "It was just running around (and) learning the playbook still, being alert."
Clowney works with new linebackers coach Mike Vrabel, who made the same transition when he left Ohio State for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"I think I have one of the best coaches in this business," Clowney said. "I'm just listening to him and talking to him. I'm listening to him more than anybody.
"I'm a lot better than where I was (during OTAs). I've already learned a lot of the playbook. We have to keep pushing and getting better every day. I'm feeling very comfortable (but), I still have a lot of work to do."
06/13/14 - LB Jadeveon Clowney had sports hernia surgery, coach Bill O'Brien said Friday at NRG Stadium.
Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft, has been dealing with a groin injury. O'Brien said Clowney was evaluated in Philadelphia and the team decided the best option was surgery. He will miss next week's mandatory three-day minicamp and is expected to return for training camp, which begins in late July.
O'Brien said Clowney had not been dealing with the injury for long. The Texans decided it was best to immediately address the issue, which was why surgery occurred Thursday.
"It was the best thing for J.D. and the best thing for our team and the best thing for our organization," O'Brien said.
Clowney is expected to return to Houston on Friday afternoon.
"He'll be ready to go for training camp," O'Brien said. "That's about all I'll say about that."
Clowney was limited during the NFL Scouting Combine and dealt with a groin issue during South Carolina's pro day.
05/12/14 - Houston says hello to Clowney...General manager Rick Smith thought about trading the pick, but he didn't find anyone who'd agree to his steep demands. He wasn't going to give up Clowney without an offer too good to refuse. The coaches are excited about pairing Clowney with defensive end J.J. Watt in passing situations. Five members of the front seven will be Watt, Clowney, Mercilus, Reed and inside linebacker Brian Cushing. "I want to learn," Clowney said. "I want to be great. Now that I'm in the NFL, hopefully, I'll be a Hall of Famer someday."
The Texans now prep for Friday's second round, when they again begin the night with the first pick -- this time, No. 33 overall. Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr and Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo are among the candidates to be chosen at that spot, but reports also circulated Thursday that the Texans could go the veteran route, possibly acquiring former Bill O'Brien pupil Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots. - The Sports Xchange