After the Texans signed Benardrick McKinney to a five-year, $50 million extension last week, it was presumed Jadeveon Clowney was next in line. The fifth-year linebacker still might be, but it might not be this season, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Clowney, the first overall pick in 2014, will make $12.3 million this year under the fifth-year option.
Jamal always had a swagger, but I gotta call plays so I can’t be super loud like that and hooting and hollering like that all the time ’cause I can’t be out of breath making a call. That’s not gonna help anybody ’cause everybody’s gonna be like, ‘Wait, what? What’d you say?’ Lee said. That’s fine, that’s him. He can do that. And I’ll feed off of that.
The pass rush is a huge question mark, but in the meantime, Lee envisions a Dancing With the Stars defense nevertheless.
A lot like how you saw that night against Buffalo, you know, dancing, having a good time, he said. But very focused, very detailed, and we’re just looking to take that next level.
The Eagles haven’t set a specific timetable for Wentz’s return, but he seems optimistic about being ready in time for the team’s training camp six weeks away.
It’s a fluid process, Wentz said. Time will tell when camp comes around. … The biggest thing is to keep pushing along until I am cleared. As you can see out here, I am doing quite a bit. Obviously the biggest last hurdle is going to be the contact part.
The Maturation of Darron Lee is critical to the Jets’ fortunes and is not lost on the coaching staff:
Assistant head coach/inside linebackers Mike Caldwell: He has all the tools. He’s getting better by being able to see things faster. His eyes are better. Coming from college, it took him a while to understand the professional game. He’s done a good job of finding his niche, and he’ll just continue to improve doing that.
Lee’s rookie season was marred by an ankle injury, which slowed his progress so much that Pro Football Focus rated him the worst rookie linebacker in the Class of 2016. He has wisely tuned out the critics.