Jadeveon Clowney Putting Target on His Back With Latest Trash Talk

Devon Platana
Cleveland Browns DE Jadeveon Clowney has put a target on his back with his latest trash talk.
Cleveland Browns DE Jadeveon Clowney has put a target on his back with his latest trash talk. / Nick Cammett/Getty Images

Cleveland Browns defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is already grabbing headlines and the 2021 NFL season hasn't even begun. Clowney is a part of a Browns defense that will rely heavily on him and two-time All-Pro DE Myles Garrett for its success. Opposing offenses will likely have their hands full with both players rushing their quarterback, which has led to some trash talk from Clowney.

The three-time Pro-Bowler talked trash about every offensive guard on Thursday. Clowney told reporters that guards are "unathletic" and that he loves the idea of being matched up against them. Considering the disrespect that offensive linemen face in general, these latest remarks surely paint a target on Clowney's back.

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Clowney's disrespectful remarks didn't stop there. In fact, he went as far as saying that offensive guards aren't real athletes at all.

"That guard position, they're not real athletes down there. So they're just physical and maulers. But we try to get in there and create those matchups for certain guys, and hopefully, we get some wins."

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Even though the Browns went 11-5 in the 2020 NFL season, their defense left a lot to be desired. They gave up 26.6 points per game, which put them in a tie for the 10th-worst average leaguewide. That isn't even to mention how opposing quarterbacks averaged 265.4 passing yards per contest against Cleveland — the sixth-highest average in the NFL. If Clowney wants to live up to his trash talk, he and Garrett are going to have to get at the opposition's QB early and often to improve these numbers.

It'll be interesting to see how Clowney plays in the regular season after a knee injury held him to just eight games played with the Tennessee Titans last year. He finished the campaign with 19 total tackles, 4 passes defended and a forced fumble. It was also his first season since 2014 without a sack, which shows just how badly he needs to rebound this year.

The Browns head into the 2021 NFL season as a candidate to finish the year as a Top-10 team. Cleveland currently has +1600 odds to win Super Bowl 56, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, which ranks eighth-best in the league.

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