Defensive end Myles Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft, is expected to make his professional debut Sunday against the New York Jets. No", Garrett admitted, "but it's good enough for me. "It's like a fat guy's touchdown". He suffered a high-ankle sprain in practice ahead of the season opener but now has gone through a full practice week and should be in the starting lineup.
While the Browns and Jets definitely catch a lot of slack for how frightful they usually are (or, in the Browns case, still now are with their 0-4 record), these two teams could provide a fun matchup for each other to help build up confidence on both ends. We rotate them, and you see that. "That is what we need".
"Now, hopefully, he will be more productive, and it is a much more healthy way to continue on", Williams said. "He's a really good player. It all looks good on paper, but we have to show up and show it". And like a lot of rookie defenders who have dreamed of playing in the National Football League for decades, he knows exactly how he wants to commemorate his first game: with a sack.
Here's how Jets special teams coordinator Brant Boyer described Peppers, the MI product: "He's a game breaker".
"Don't make the moment bigger than it is", he said Friday.
"It is just about doing what I can, making the plays I am supposed to make and be who I am supposed to be on the field".
"Am I (at my) peak?" It doesn't bode well to make his case to be kept for the long-term if he ends up being too injury-prone and doesn't make a difference when he's on the gridiron.
The Browns are eager for it.
"Just watching him come off the ball, he's so explosive, " said Kirksey. "He is a guy that is flying around".
"It's always fun for fans and the media to have that narrative because it gives you guys something to talk about", Thomas told Manish Mehta of the Daily News. "We're just ready to see him go out there and let it loose".