Clowney wants to buy his mom something nice

June 11, 2014 

NFL Draft Football

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney arrives for the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft with his mother Josenna Clowney, Thursday, May 8, 2014, in New York.

CRAIG RUTTLE — AP

— Linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, who last week signed a guaranteed $22 million contact with the Houston Texans, says the first order of business will be to buy his mother a house.

“I want to buy my mom something nice -- whatever she wants,” Clowney told the Texans website. “A house.”

Clowney said he did not pay that much attention to the negotiations, and now that he has the money, “I’ve got to take care of it.”

Clowney also said he is building a relationship with Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel during almost three weeks of Organized Team Activities (OTAs).

While Crennel termed the first overall pick's progress as a "fine", he said Clowney still has quite a way to go.

"He’s still a rookie and I tell everyone, rookies are making rookie mistakes," Crennel told the Texans web site. "That is what they do. Until he can get settled and feel confident in all of his assignments, and then he can become reactive, then I think he will show better at that time."

Clowney said Crennell is “a great coach to learn from. I love learning from him.”

The veteran defensive coordinator praised Clowney as being "studious" and eager to "learn the system". How rapidly Clowney can mentally absorb the defense will ultimately determine when he'll hit the field.

“There is no real timetable," Crennel said. "We’re going to teach him as hard as we can and if he studies as hard as he can, then it will be sooner rather than later."

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