Big questions Jadeveon Clowney will answer vs the Denver Broncos
Where Can We Expect Him to Line Up?
I’m thoroughly convinced that Mike Vrabel will move Clowney all around the formation, but I’m not sure we can expect to see him all over the field Week 1, after practicing only a handful of times. Who knows, maybe I’m wrong.
So for fun, let’s assume Vrabel tries to put Clowney in the best position to succeed — where would that be?
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Clowney seems to thrive when he’s lined up on the weak side of the formation. This more than likely means lining up over the left and right tackles with help from the TE in a lot of cases. Being a physical freak of nature, he’s nearly impossible to block one-on-one, and he has a tremendous ability to get “skinny” and swim right through the blockers. I think this is going to be a problem; especially for the Broncos tight-ends, which is why he often commands double-team’s – sometimes even being triple-teamed on run plays. He’s that much of a game wrecker.
The Denver Broncos that I think could see Clowney most are: Elijah Wilkinson (RT), Garrett Bolles (LT), and Noah Fant (TE): however, we may also see Nick Vannett and Jake Butt if the Broncos decide to come out in some heavier TE formations.
According to Pro Football Focus, Wilkinson allowed 10 sacks and committed 9 penalties during the 2019 season. Bolles allowed fewer sacks (4), but was penalized 17 times during the regular season – a mind-boggling total. I still think Noah Fant will be a stud in this league, but basically what I’m trying to say is: neither side of the Broncos offensive line gives me reason to believe the can stop the Titans outside pass rush.
I’m convinced that Clowney is going to have an immediate impact and an outstanding debut with the Titans, and I think that he will make the #99 proud. It may be lofty from an expectation standpoint, but I think that he’ll account for right around 5 tackles, 2 TFLs, and 1.5 sacks.
Do you want to know the most beautiful part of all this? I didn’t even have to mention Jeffrey Simmons, Harold Landry, or Vic Beasley… this team could absolutely feast come Monday Night.