Cleveland Browns Rising Stock No. 2 – Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney only had four tackles on Sunday night, but he was far more effective than what the stat line shows. Clowney was constantly chasing Lamar Jackson around the pocket, he just never could fully get ahold of him.
Let’s also not forget his pass deflection on third down that got the Browns off the field when the game was only 13-10. Had Clowney not got his hands on that ball, there was a receiver who was wide open standing past the sticks.
In my opinion, Clowney has really started to jump off the game film as well. He’s constantly getting pressure on the quarterback, he is an elite run defender, and the effort plays are really starting to add up.
On one screen pass, Clowney chased down the running back from seven yards behind the play and made a likely touchdown and eight-yard gain. Those are plays that just don’t get the appreciation they deserve in the box score.
I’ve said from the beginning I thought the addition of Clowney would be huge for the Cleveland Browns. I don’t think he can succeed as the number one option, but paired with Myles Garrett, he has performed at a pro-bowl level all season.
With some difficult roster decisions to make this offseason, I’m hoping that Andrew Berry finds a way to keep Clowney who appears to have become close with Garrett off the field as well.