From Johnny Manziel to Sammy Watkins, key dates in Clowney's first season with the Texans

The Houston Texans' top draft pick, Jadeveon Clowney, runs a drill during NFL football rookie minicamp Friday, May 16, 2014, in Houston.

For months, Jadeveon Clowney was expected to become a member of the Houston Texans.

'The moment finally came Thursday night. Clowney will make Houston his new home. Soon, his new No. 90 jersey will be available in stores. It's the beginning of a new chapter, and it starts this fall.

'Here are a few dates to remember for Clowney and the Texans this season.

'Aug. 16: Houston's second preseason game - and first at home - will be played against the Atlanta Falcons. Intriguing. The Falcons were thought to be interested in trading up in the draft for Clowney.

'Sept. 7: Houston's season opener will feature a matchup everybody wants to see. The Texans will kick off against the Washington Redskins. That means Clowney vs. Robert Griffin III. Some serious speed on both sides of the field.

'Sept. 28: OK, try to stay with me. The Texans will travel to the Buffalo Bills on the fourth Sunday of September, and there will be a decidedly local feel. Former Gamecocks Clowney, D.J. Swearinger and Johnathan Joseph (Texans defense) will try to defend former Clemson stars C.J. Spiller and Sammy Watkins (Bills offense). On the flip side, Bills cornerback and former South Carolina star Stephon Gilmore will likely cover Texans receiver and former Clemson star DeAndre Hopkins. That's a whole lot of mix-matching in this in-state rivalry.

'Oct. 5: Houston travels to the Dallas Cowboys. Clowney visits Jerry World. Enough said.

'Oct. 20: Clowney's first Monday Night Football appearance will come when Houston travels to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

'Nov. 16: South Carolina begins its 2014 season hosting Texas A&M in what would have been among the biggest matchups in college football last season. With Clowney and Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel gone, the matchup loses considerable sizzle. However, football fans will likely still get to see Clowney chase Manziel around when Houston travels to the Cleveland Browns on this date.

'Dec. 14: Houston travels to the Indianapolis Colts. Clowney will line up opposite Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in a matchup of what some believe are the top two pro prospects of the past decade. This will be the second time the two meet. On this date, Clowney will play Luck inside his house.