Jadeveon Clowney Already Making an Impact for Seahawks
It didn't take long for Jadeveon Clowney to make an impact for the Seahawks.
Utilizing the rare combination of explosive initial quickness, length and power that earned him the No. 1 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, Clowney rag-dolled Cincinnati Bengals' left tackle over the first couple of defensive series Sunday, helping force Bengals' quarterback Andy Dalton to get the ball out of his hands quickly.
Even more impressive was the quick reaction and body control he demonstrated on the play below, deflecting an attempted screen pass by Dalton to young standout running back Joe Mixon.
Clowney's deflection was a huge play as the Bengals had otherwise set the screen up beautifully with blockers in position to spark a significant gain for Mixon, a 6-1, 220 pound bruiser with legitimate breakaway speed.
This play generated most of the buzz so far on social media but Clowney has been more impactful than this, drawing extra attention from Cincinnati's blockers. Further, with Seattle holding out Ziggy Ansah and first round pick L.J. Collier today, it is all the more critical that Clowney play well against the Bengals and their up-tempo spread offense.
Thus far, Clowney, All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and versatile defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson - who recorded Seattle's first sack of the 2019 season early in the second quarter - have provided some of the few highlights for the Seahawks in this game.
Russell Wilson and Seattle's offense started off slow, leaving Seattle's defense on the field for much of the first quarter. But the club has come back since, with Chris Carson scoring from one yard out with 6:36 to give the Seahawks an early 7-3 lead over the Bengals.