Jadeveon Clowney Ready to Make an Impact with the Titans

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NASHVILE – Jadeveon Clowney is a Titan.

And he's fired up about it.

On Thursday, on a video conference call with reporters, the outside linebacker said he already feels like he's at home in Tennessee, and he's looking forward to playing in the season opener on Monday night in Denver.

"We all have one goal here, and it's to win," Clowney said. "Monday night, of course I'm going to be ready. I've got to be. That's what I signed up for, and I am just looking forward to getting back and playing."

Clowney, who signed a one-year deal with the Titans, said he'd like to find a landing spot on a long-term basis.

Clowney played his first five NFL seasons with the Texans before being traded to Seattle prior to the 2019 season.

"I hope so, man," Clowney said. "It's going well so far. I am enjoying my time here so far, and the players have accepted me and they are having a good time with me and they like my company around here. It's like, 'We're glad we can have you on our team.'

"You just want to try and go out there and help this team as much as possible, and hopefully they see me as a piece on their defense in the future."

Earlier this week, the Titans signed Clowney, and he was on the practice field at Saint Thomas Sports Park on Wednesday for the first time with the team.

Clowney had been on the wish list for Titans fans ever since Titans General Manager Jon Robinson indicated the team had interest in the three-time Pro Bowler back in April.

In Tennessee, Clowney has been reunited with Titans Coach Mike Vrabel, who served as an assistant with the Texans prior to joining the Titans.

Being reunited with Vrabel played a big role in Clowney's decision, he said.

"I think Mike Vrabel is one of the smartest coaches I think I've ever had since I've been playing football," Clowney said. "He knows football front and back, and he knows how to put guys in position to make plays, and that's what he did in Houston. When I got here, he started moving me around already. He just put me in position to make plays, he believes I'm a playmaker and he believes in in my ability to make plays. So he keeps lining me up all over the place, and I'll keep making plays for him.

"I just was trying to figure out what scheme and what I wanted to be a part of (when I made my decision). I know when I was with Vrabel in Houston I was second team All-Pro and made three Pro Bowls with him. I was saying in my head, 'I think I can do that with him in that system.'"

Clowney, 27, has 32 sacks in six NFL seasons, including three sacks in 13 games last season. He added 1.5 sacks in Seattle's two playoff games.

But Clowney isn't just a pass rusher – he's a disruptive player vs the run as well.

Over the past four seasons (since 2016), Clowney is one of only three NFL players with at least 60 tackles for loss, eight forced fumbles and 150 quarterback pressures, per Sportradar. The others on the list are Aaron Donald and Chandler Jones. He ranks fourth in the NFL over those four seasons in tackles for loss with 60.

Clowney posted career-highs in sacks (9.5), tackles for loss (21) and quarterback hits (21) during the 2017 season, when Vrabel served as Houston's defensive coordinator.

In the NFL, in addition to his 32 career sacks, Clowney has also recorded 236 tackles, nine forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, 51 tackles for a loss, 14 pass deflections, one interception and four defensive touchdowns.

Per ESPN, Clowney's four defensive touchdowns over the last three seasons are third most in the NFL over that span and the most among defensive linemen.

In 2017, he was one of only two NFL players (Chandler Jones, Arizona) to register 20 or more tackles for loss and 20 or more quarterback hits.

"Everything is coming together well," Clowney said. "I just have to stay healthy, because when you are feeling good you play well. I just try to go out there and disrupt and try and make everybody around me better."

A look at veteran DE Jadevion Clowney, who agreed to terms with the Titans on Sunday. (AP Photos)

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