RTC: Clowney impresses Denver Broncos

August, 20, 2014
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Denver Broncos on both sides of the ball were impressed by Houston Texans' rookie outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney during the teams' first practice against each other Tuesday, writes Alex Lantz of the Denver Post. "He’s gonna be in this league for a while," [left tackle Ryan] Clady said. "He’s definitely got some explosiveness, and I can see why he was the first overall pick for sure. It shows. It’s just how fast he can move at his size. Not a lot of guys can do that and he’s obviously gonna have success in this league with that kind of talent." More from Lantz: Several times Clady and Clowney matched up in individual drills and live team exercises. Once, toward the end of practice during a hurry-up drill, Clowney beat Clady to the inside and pressured Peyton Manning on a touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas. Had it been a regular-season game, it’s likely that Clowney would have knocked Manning to the ground on the throw, if not made it all the way there for a sack.

Cornerback Johnathan Joseph is not overdoing things in his return to practice, writes Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle. Joseph had missed several practices and the team's first two preseason games. He had toe surgery in January, but returned at the beginning of training camp for a few days.

Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick can use his legs, and Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com breaks down some numbers on that aspect of his game.

James Palmer of CSNHouston.com, who is in Colorado covering this week's practices, offers his observations. One of them was that Mike Thomas, likely to be the Texans' slot receiver, was "virtually unguardable" on Tuesday.

Not to be outdone, John Harris of HoustonTexans.com offered 33 observations of his own.

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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