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Texans' new dynamic duo awaits Falcons

By Victoria Advocate
Aug. 15, 2014 at 6:36 p.m.
Updated Aug. 15, 2014 at 11:41 p.m.


HOUSTON (AP) - J.J. Watt feels as if he gets asked about playing with Jadeveon Clowney every day.

When the Texans selected Clowney with the top overall pick, they instantly created what on paper looks like one of the league's most formidable pass rushes. Watt is one of the game's most disruptive forces, and Clowney was similarly dominant at South Carolina. Clowney is moving to outside linebacker in Romeo Crennel's 3-4 defensive scheme.

The two showed a glimpse of what they could do on the second play from scrimmage in last week's 32-0 loss in Arizona, with both charging in from the right side and Watt sacking Carson Palmer. Watt downplayed how much to read into the play. The Texans weren't doing anything complicated, and Watt wasn't even paying attention to where Clowney lined up.

"Everyone makes a real big deal out of it," Watt said, "but I didn't notice that he was outside of me, so it's just one of those things. You're playing football, and some people make a bigger deal on a lot of things than it really is out there."

Watt played only one series against the Cardinals. With Watt out, Clowney shed a tight end and tackled Stepfan Taylor behind the line. Other than that, the Texans didn't show much.

The Texans and Falcons play on Saturday night.

Help could be on the way for the Texans on Saturday. Running back Arian Foster, receiver Andre Johnson and linebacker Brian Cushing returned to practice Wednesday after long layoffs, although O'Brien wouldn't promise that any of the three would play against the Falcons.

Watt and Clowney surely will play after giving valuable looks to Atlanta's reshaped offensive line in the combined practices.

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