Clowney shared the photo from Fairchild Sports Performance in Texas from one of his recent workouts looking like he’s already in mid-season form. The caption ready simply, “league, stay tuned.”
Clowney inked a one-year deal with the Browns this offseason after the team pursued him for the last two offseasons. Clowney has racked up 32 sacks over seven seasons and this year he’ll play opposite of Myles Garrett, who has 42.5 sacks in 49 starts.
The Browns pursued Clowney last offseason but he ultimately chose to sign with the Titans. Clowney ended up missing multiple games with a knee injury, notching just 19 tackles — four for a loss — and no sacks in a very down year. He also missed time in Seattle the year prior with a core injury, managing just three sacks.
Jadeveon Clowney Taking Aim at DPOY
While injuries have derailed his career of late, Clowney is still confident he can turn things around. While speaking to reporters after signing in Cleveland, Clowney admitted that he’s never been fully healthy for an NFL season, which is something he’s looking forward to with the Browns. He’s missed 29 games during his NFL career.
“I still can dominate this league, I know that. But if I ever reach my max potential or get back there like I feel now, they say the sky is the limit, but it is probably higher than that,” Clowney said. “They have footprints on the moon, though. That is where we are trying to reach. I just want to stay healthy. If I play 16 games, I think we will be ready to see. Just let me work on that.”
Clowney has big goals for this season and has his sights set on a Defensive Player of the Year honor.
“With my potential and the way I play the game, if I can stay healthy I should not be far away from being Defensive Player of the Year. I think I have that potential, and I can do it,” Clowney told reporters.
Clowney will have some competition on his defensive line in Garrett, who has the second-best odds to win the award, per Bet Online.
Aaron Donald has the best odds (+450), with Garrett (+550) close behind. Clowney is +6,600 to take home the honor.
Myles Garrett Has Lots of Respect for Jadeveon Clowney
The Browns have a dynamic pair of pass-rushers in Clowney and Garrett, former first-overall picks. And Garrett expects big things from the partnership.
“We’ll be very scary,” Garrett told recently. “I know everyone else is looking forward to it, and so am I.”
“I know the guy is aggressive, really gets after it and he has a motor: keeps attacking, plays the run well and a good pass-rusher. He’s an athletic specimen like someone I know on the Browns, so it will be fun.”
Garrett collected 12 sacks, two pass deflections and four forced fumbles in 14 games last season.