Driven by the drama of who the secretive Browns would take with the No. 1 overall pick, the NFL Draft posted its best TV ratings since Johnny Manziel left college four years ago.
“Going back to college having a 56-percent completion percentage,” Allen said. “Obviously, it’s not great. But I think that it’s a little blown out of proportion. I do think that I’m accurate. Jordan Palmer’s helped me out a lot throughout this process with getting my feet right. Once we did that [I’m] throwing the ball a little easier. The ball’s coming out and where it’s supposed to be.”
Allen went on to explain why his completion percentage might be low, but also defended the fact that he still led Wyoming to winning seasons.
“I think if you look at the film at the times that I did miss, my feet were jacked,” Allen said. “Going back to our offensive system I was asked to do a lot of things within our system. Threw the ball downfield a lot.
“I am the one to admit that I didn’t put the ball where it needed to be all the time. But, you know, given the circumstances that we had in Wyoming, we won two back-to-back eight-win seasons. It was a place where we ended up winning football games. I think that I helped out in that manner putting the team in the best position to win football games.”
Clowney, a Pro Bowl selection the past two seasons, will play his fifth year in 2018 under a $12.306 million club option. Currently, Broncos star Von Miller is the highest-paid defensive player and non-QB in the league, with the six-year, $114.1 million contract he signed in 2016. There’s no reason to think Clowney won’t get that kind of money.
Gaine certainly appreciates what Clowney means to the Texans defense.
“[I like his] height, weight, [and] speed,” Gaine said. “The production, the performance, the pass-rush ability. The guy’s a disruptive player. He plays the run well. So we’re doing our best to fortify our nucleus of players, and we’d like him to be a part of it.”
For his part, Clowney says he wants to remain with the Texans. Obviously, the price will have to be right.
“I want to be here, too,” Clowney said recently. “Hopefully, they lock me in. I want to be here forever. I know it will come soon. It would mean a lot.
“It would be great, something I always dreamed of. I don’t want to leave this team. I’ve been here since the beginning. I want to stay here. I want to finish my career here, so I’m looking forward to that. Hopefully, they lock me in.”