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Clowney has started eight games for the Titans. He has 19 tackles, four tackles for loss and six quarterback hits. He added four pass breakups and a forced fumble this season.
The former South Carolina Gamecocks product has been playing with an injured meniscus in his knee. He missed Week 9 but was able to play 52 defensive snaps against the Indianapolis Colts last week.
Clowney joined the Titans this offseason after a previous relationship with head coach Mike Vrabel. He wanted to play in his system and make plays as a pass rusher. Injuries have hindered some of Clowney’s expectations.
He is still looking for his first sack with the Titans. However, he believes that Vrabel will help put him in a position to be successful.
“If I know one thing about Mike Vrabel, whatever team he has, he’s going to make sure they play hard and fly to the ball,” Clowney said this offseason. “I need to be a part of something like that at this stage in my career.”
“He is just an elite athlete and, when the pocket is clean for him, he gets it out of his hand quickly,” Vrabel said. “He can make all the throws and his arm strength is extremely strong and he can move the ball down the field. When he doesn’t, the play extends and you got to plaster on your coverage and make sure guys are staying on their feet.”
The Titans have committed $12 million to Clowney this season. He will be a free agent this offseason and hopes to get healthy before the end of the season.
If Clowney returns soon, the Titans will have a good chance to stay close to the Colts in the AFC South division. Both teams sit at 6-3 and are tied atop the division.