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Old 05-20-2014, 05:00 PM   #11
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Default Re: Clowney at Mini-Camp

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Originally Posted by ScottK View Post
Thanks for the article. Am I understanding correctly that he will not be playing DE at all?


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Houston plays a 3-4, not a 4-3. Defensive ends in a 3-4 are kind of a hybrid DT/DE from a 4-3. Outside LB's in a 3-4 are kind of a hybrid DE/OLB from a 4-3. Clowney will still be on the line of scrimmage more times than not, and will be still be rushing the passer. He will be playing in space more than usual, but Houston knows what they have and will play to Clowney's strengths, and that is having him with his hand down at the line of scrimmage.
Due to the passing nature of the league and formations with 3+ receivers being used all the time, the Texans will be in their subpackage probably 70% of the time which means Houston will have 4 down linemen and JD will be coming off the edge with his hand in the dirt as he did at SC. However,there will be some times in the game where he is required to drop into coverage or rush the passer from a standup OLB position.
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