Pagano: Clowney 'playing as good as anybody' up front


Jadeveon Clowney is finally healthy and wrecking backfields.

The former No. 1 overall pick leads the NFL with eight tackles for loss through five weeks, has six quarterback hits and two sacks.

"It's a great feeling to be healthy and feeling good," Clowney said, via the Associated Press. "Just getting better and better each week and hope I can sustain it for 16 games and keep going forward and keep getting better."

As Around The NFL's Chris Wesseling noted in his "Late Bloomers" feature this week, injuries thwarted most of Clowney's first two seasons. Now he's become as big a run-stuffer as there is in the NFL.

Just take a look at what he did to Minnesota last week, destroying some plays from the snap:

On Sunday night Clowney and the Texans host the Indianapolis Colts in a pivotal AFC South matchup. Colts coach Chuck Pagano knows his beleaguered offensive line will have its hands full with Clowney.

"He's a different guy," Pagano said. "The guy is playing as good as anybody in the league right now up front. He's playing with a ton of confidence, a ton of physicality. We know the athleticism. We know the God-given dominant traits that he has as a football player, but his motor is running and it's running hot. It never stops."

Clowney might not be the pass-rushing demon some projected pre-draft, but he's finally morphing into a disruptive force behind the line of scrimmage.