NASHVILLE – The Titans have added a "game wrecker" in pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, and players are fired up about it.
Proof can be found on social media, where many Titans have applauded this weekend's move.
During a video conference call on Monday, Titans safety Kevin Byard expressed his excitement.
"I kind of view him as a guy who can wreck an entire game plan," Byard said of Clowney. "He is going to be a guy that teams are going to have to game plan for every single game, whether they are trying to chip-block him, they can't release all their receivers out, and things like that. He is going to be a great addition to our defense – he's great against the run, great against the pass.
"To add a game-wrecker … it is super exciting. We are amped-up going into this week one game and to add a piece like him, a guy that I know is going to come in and bust his tail and try and help us win ball games, it is going to be exciting."
Titans coach Mike Vrabel sounded optimistic about the addition of Clowney, and his availability for the season opener a week from tonight in Denver against the Broncos.
During a video conference call on Monday morning, Vrabel said Clowney is going through the COVID-19 testing protocols and said he should get cleared soon to begin work with the team.
"He has tested, and we'll continue through that process," Vrabel said of Clowney. "Still waiting for him to sign a contract, but hopefully we can meet with him here and try to get him in the building some time tomorrow to work with him and just begin the installation, and then hopefully based on where he's at physically, try to start practicing with the team. I'm hopeful that he'll be able to join our team here shortly."
Vrabel was hesitant to discuss how Clowney's versatility might help the Titans defense, however.
"He hasn't even looked at our playbook yet," Vrabel said. "So for us to start to figure out what the versatility is – we are familiar with the player's skill-set, with J.D.'s skill-set, but where he may potentially fit is all going to depend on how much he can handle."
On Sunday, the Titans and the former Seahawks and Texans pass rusher officially agreed to terms on a one-year contract.
In Tennessee, Clowney has been reunited with Vrabel, who served as an assistant with the Texans prior to joining the Titans.
Clowney played his first five NFL seasons with the Texans before being traded to Seattle prior to the 2019 season. 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.
When Vrabel coached Clowney, the pass rusher was a three-time Pro Bowler. 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.
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.
"I think we are always excited to add players that want to be a part of our organization, which I think it is evident that Jadeveon is – I'll let him speak on that when he has the opportunity," Vrabel said. "We are just trying to add the right pieces, the guys that love football and want to be here. And we'll start working with him when he gets in here."
A look at veteran DE Jadevion Clowney, who agreed to terms with the Titans on Sunday. (AP Photos)