No. 1 – Jadeveon Clowney shines early
The shining star on the offense has been Peoples-Jones, but Jadeveon Clowney has been the star on defense. The veteran defensive end came to the Cleveland Browns on a one-year deal to prove he deserves the mega-deal, and so far, he has held up his end of the bargain.
Clowney is absolutely blowing up practices and making life difficult for the Browns offense during camp. Not only is he blowing up running lanes, but he has also made All-Pro tackle, Jack Conklin, look silly from time to time.
The former No. 1 overall pick has struggled the last two years with the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans — and while he has been a good player overall, he hasn’t had the statistics of an elite defensive end.
What is different now from then? He has a friend, Myles Garrett, to take a substantial amount of pressure off him.
Not only will Garrett help Clowney get a ton of one-on-one situations on the field, but they have also quickly become good friends off the field as well. I’m not sure that makes Clowney a better fit, but there is certainly nothing wrong with getting along with co-workers.
I don’t think anyone really questioned if Clowney could still play, but there are concerns on if he can stay healthy to be on the field and make an impact.
So far he has passed the first portion of the test, now we find out, can he stay healthy for an entire season.