Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...
Several members of the Texans organization will be at South Carolina's pro day today where they'll get a look at defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the player people talk about as if he's the only non-quarterback worth the top pick in this year's draft. Early in the pro day process, I was referring to team pro days as belonging to the marquee player showcased there. I've changed my procedure since Johnny Manziel's pro day last week, which was a Manziel-specific production.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution offers five things to know about Clowney's judgement day. More than 100 credentialed media are expected to be there.
Clowney is the main attraction of South Carolina's pro day, writes Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. Person checked in with a trainer who worked with Clowney in the pre-draft process:
Jed Hartigan, director of Velocity Sports Performance, said he was expecting to find a loafer when Clowney showed up at his facility six weeks ago. That was not the case.
“Everyone talks about how he doesn’t work hard. That kid worked his (butt) off,” Hartigan said Tuesday. “He might not have worked hard before, but right now he’s training really, really hard.”
Clowney began working with Hartigan following an up-and-down combine performance that was not unlike Clowney’s final season with the Gamecocks.
Quarterback T.J. Yates is yearning for the chance to play some meaningful football beyond the garbage time minutes he's gotten so far, writes James Palmer of CSNHouston.com. Yates isn't conceding that a rookie will be the Texans' starter next season. "I don’t pay attention to any of that because all that matters is the coaching staff and how we can prove ourselves to them. All the experts, they don’t make the rosters and they don’t make the depth charts. Once we get out there on the field it’s an open competition and its fair game.”
Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com was offered a small role in Draft Day, the movie starring Kevin Costner that also features Texans running back Arian Foster. His scene was cut. He remembers his time on set.