Brown vs. Clowney helps both players

August, 1, 2014
Aug 1
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Among all the teachers he has at Houston Texans training camp, one offers a unique perspective for outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney. Left tackle Duane Brown gives Clowney tips on how to beat him.

"I'm learning a lot," Clowney said. "He's helped put me on moves to do on against certain guys. You just have to watch offensive linemen and know where to attack them at. I ask him every day, 'How was my pass rush today?' He says to just keep working, 'You're pretty good, you're just getting better. Just keep doing what you're doing.'"

Brown was a first-round pick in 2008, one who learned from his early struggles against some of the best pass-rushers in the league. In particular he remembers a bout with James Harrison during a game his rookie year that did not go well. In facing Brown in practice, Clowney has the benefit of facing a two-time Pro Bowler before it counts.

Of course Clowney, this year's No. 1 overall draft pick, has got plenty of talent. He said he feels that means their competitions are good practice for Brown, too.

"We are battling and I'm trying to make him as best as I can," Brown said. "And he's making me work too to get me better. So it's a great competition over there."

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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