Browns' Jadeveon Clowney Excited to Match Up vs. Guards: 'They're Not Real Athletes'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVAugust 26, 2021

BEREA, OH - AUGUST 07: Cleveland Browns defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (90) during the Cleveland Browns Training Camp on August 7, 2021, at the at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns plan on utilizing Jadeveon Clowney and Myles Garrett as occasional interior pass-rushers this season.

And Clowney is excited to try his hand at the role.

"We love that matchup," Clowney told reporters Thursday. "We feel like they're the unathletic guys. That guard position, they're not real athletes down there. So they're just physical and maulers. But we try to get in there and create those matchups for certain guys, and hopefully we get some wins.

"You've got to think different [on the interior]. Everything happens very, very fast down there. Those guys are much bigger down there. So, yes, your whole mindset has got to change in how you attack the quarterback, how you attack the guys down there."

A few of Clowney's teammates on the offensive line might raise their eyebrows at those comments. Granted, if Clowney dominates opposing guards at a regular clip, nobody in Cleveland is going to be upset for long.

However Clowney and Garrett line up, they could form an elite combination. Garrett registered 12 sacks, 18 quarterback hits and 10 tackles for loss in 14 games last season. Clowney had a down year with zero sacks, six quarterback hits and four tackles for loss in eight games as a knee injury yet again limited him. But he recorded 24.5 sacks, 59 quarterback hits and 53 tackles for loss from 2016-18 with the Houston Texans.

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The 28-year-old hasn't played 16 games since 2017. And an injury Clowney has described as a "strain" cost him a few weeks of training camp this year as well, though he said he is feeling "pretty good."

"Have to take care of what you have to to get ready for the long season," he told reporters. "That was the goal—not to come out here and hurt nothing. If something happened, a little strain or something, take care of it now so that it won't linger later on."

If the Browns get the Clowney who was a three-time Pro Bowler with the Texans, look out. Pairing that player with Garrett, an All-Pro last season, would give opposing quarterbacks nightmares.

It's another reason the Browns head into the 2021 season with Super Bowl aspirations, fresh off last year's postseason appearance—their first since 2002.