The Cleveland Browns hit the field for the second day of OTAs, but their top two draft picks were on the sidelines dealing with injuries.
It is only day two of Organized Team Activities for the Cleveland Browns and the team is already down two of its first-round draft picks.
According to Tweets from multiple beat reporters, defensive end Myles Garrett was spotted riding a stationary bike and working with kettle bells on the sidelines during the part of practice open to the media, while safety Jabrill Peppers joined Garrett on the bike brigade:
OK, time to take a deep breath Browns fans, as subsequent Tweets report that Garrett’s injury is not considered to be serious in nature, although there is no word on Peppers:
If these were the old days – meaning pre-2016 – the news would have likely been far different as both Garrett and Peppers would be suffering from an ailment that doctors had not seen in hundreds of years. But as we are in the dawning of a new era in Berea, the sight of Cleveland’s top two draft picks riding stationary bikes rather than practicing should not cause wide-spread panic.
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Cleveland made the 6-foot-4 and 272-pound Garrett the top overall selection of the 2017 NFL Draft after he finished his collegiate career averaging s10.3 sacks and 15.7 tackles for loss during his three seasons at Texas A&M. He also had 31 career sacks, which is the second most among SEC players during the past 10 years.
Peppers was the second of Cleveland’s three first-round picks as they selected him at No. 25 overall. Peppers did a little bit of everything at Michigan, where he played safety and linebacker on defense, and also saw time on offense, where he averaged 5.3 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns on 43 rushes for the Wolverines.
The Browns plan to have Peppers focus on playing safety and returning kicks, although he may see the occasional play on offense, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
It would have been nice to see Garrett and Peppers on the field getting in some work and learning defensive coordinator Gregg William’s system, but their absence isn’t really going to hurt anything.
There will be plenty of time for angst down the road for Browns fans; luckily today is not one of those days.