In the months leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic (really, the lack thereof) was a popular topic of conversation. Clowney made it clear he didn't think the criticism of him in that arena was fair. The Texans must not have been overly concerned about it, as they chose him with the first pick in the entire draft. Although Clowney's opportunity to physically demonstrate his desire has been undercut by his recent hernia surgery, Charlie Campbell of Walter Football reports that Clowney has endeared himself to the organization thus far:
After getting Clowney into their offseason program, Clowney has meshed well with his new teammates and has done everything he's asked to do. The Texans have no concerns about his work ethic.
According to our league contacts, Clowney has been working hard with his teammates. The team is happy with Clowney coming in wanting to prove the critics wrong. He has a chip on his shoulder from the draft criticism about his work ethic. Clowney is said to have been coming in on time and staying late to put in extra time to learn the defensive scheme. He's been eager to learn from the coaches and veterans.
Clowney has also been great in the locker room. He's been a good teammate and hasn't shown any prima donna attitude having been the first pick in the draft.
Time will tell when Clowney is cleared to return to action, but you have to be encouraged by scuttlebutt like that if you're a Texans fan.