The Baltimore Ravens signed Jadeveon Clowney in a move that was much more expected than it was surprising. The Ravens have Tyus Bowser on the PUP, and rookie Tavius Robinson appears to be coming along slowly, so it makes sense that they would add some talent and depth to the position. What are some important notes for Ravens fans to see about Clowney?
3. Jadeveon Clowney will be a role player for the Baltimore Ravens
Jadeveon Clowney may not have lived up to his number-one overall pick billing, but he has had a successful career. His prime run was from the 2016 through 2018 seasons. In those years, he played 82.7%, 87.4%, and 89.3% of his team's defensive snaps. In that run, he had 24.5 sacks and made three Pro Bowls, with one All-Pro nod.
The Clowney of the most recent four years is not quite the same. He has played 70.6%, 75.4%, 73.8%, and 63.4% of the snaps in that span. He has 14 sacks over that time as well. A lot of that has to do with injuries, but that is a part of the issue.
Still, at the same time, teams are not going to view him as a full-time player, even when he is healthy. He missed some games in his prime run; he just was getting so much work when he was healthy that his snaps were still closer to 90%.
He may play a full season for the Ravens, but he will not be anywhere close to 80% of the snaps. He will be down closer to 60-70%, which may help keep him on the field for more overall games. It also may be what leads to him producing a bit more.
With David Ojabo and Odafe Oweh in the mix the team just needs to work in Clowney when needed. That could be the best move for the Ravens and for Clowney.