When Jadeveon Clowney entered the game in the first quarter, there was one main thought racing through his mind.
"Alright knee," Clowney said. "Let's go ahead and see what you can do."
The first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft may have had a quiet day, statistically, as he notched just a single tackle. It was his first contest since leaving in the first half of the Week 1 game with a knee injury. But his head coach was pleased with the way the rookie performed.
"I saw him do a good job out there doing his assignments," Bill O'Brien said. "Overall I thought he gave good effort. I saw him chasing some things down there at the end of the game. I was pleased to see him out there."
Clowney said his knee was sore after the game, but he's still optimistic about the things he can do in the second half of the season.
"I feel like I could've done a lot more," Clowney said. "It's going to get better, week by week. Just gotta build more confidence in my knee week by week to get better."
Clowney and the Texans improved to 4-4 with the 30-16 victory over Tennessee.