Jadeveon Clowney’s skillset could get the Tennessee Titans to the Super Bowl.
Last year, the Tennessee Titans surprised everyone with a much-improved offense. An incredible performance from running back Derrick Henry was at the heart of that but so too was Ryan Tannehill, a quarterback castoff from the Miami Dolphins, taking over the starting job and thriving. With Tannehill’s arrival also came the emergence of rookie wide receiver A.J. Brown.
Tennessee’s defense was also good enough to help guide the Titans to the AFC Championship Game against the eventual Super Bowl-winning Chiefs. The club had a 10-point lead in the second quarter. However, the wheels fell off as the likes of Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Damien Williams, with Patrick Mahomes leading the way, of course.
For the Titans to overcome the speedy Chiefs, they face the same plight as teams like the Texans and Ravens. However, Tennessee might just be one player away from getting over that hump. That player might be Jadeveon Clowney.
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The Tennessee Titans need Jadeveon Clowney in the building.
Clowney has never fully lived up to his potential after being made the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Houston selected him over the aforementioned Watkins (No. 4 overall) and Khalil Mack (No. 5 overall). His coach at South Carolina, Steve Spurrier, gave him a mixed review before the draft. Spurrier liked his potential but not his work habits.
Then Houston defensive coordinator Wade Phillips supported taking Clowney in the interest of building a vaunted defensive front with J.J. Watt. Unfortunately, Clowney struggled with injuries in his first two years for the Texans. He eventually settled down, stayed relatively healthy and made it to the Pro Bowl on three occasions.
Inserting Clowney in as a 3-4 outside linebacker in Tennessee would be huge for them, especially as it pertains to how the team matches up with the Chiefs.
Not only can Clowney rush the passer at a high level with his explosiveness, size and athleticism but also has the requisite physical tools to help drop into coverage. That will be huge against Kansas City in helping to defend tight end Travis Kelce and rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
After making it to the AFC Championship Game just last year, the Titans are clearly knocking on the door of the Super Bowl. What Clowney could offer them could be enough to get them over that hump and, more specifically, past the Chiefs.