Jadeveon Clowney had a decent debut with the Cleveland Browns but the team still feels like he can be better.
Clowney made three tackles and had a sack against the Chiefs, earning a grade of 65.6 on Pro Football Focus. He excelled in the run game and provided a solid presence opposite of Myles Garrett.
However, Chris Kiffin thought Clowney could have been better, which will likey come when he gets more reps under his belt.
“I thought JD was inconsistent, first time playing ball in a while, no preseason reps to get out there,” Kiffin told reporters on Friday, per Cleveland.com. “He was inconsistent. I think he’d say the same.”
It’s not a wild assessment, with Clowney echoing a similar sentiment.
“For not playing in about 10 months, I could have taken some plays back and wanted some plays back,” Clowney told reporters. “It is about improving each week. It is not [about] one week. I have 16 weeks to improve, and I am looking forward to it.”
Clowney missed a chunk of camp and didn’t play in the preseason, so he’s still trying to find his wind to stay on the field more. Clowney and Garrett both played 50 snaps — 77 percent of the total defensive snaps — with primary backup, Takk McKinley, playing 24.