Daily Dawg Tags: Myles Garrett ascending
By Thomas Moore
Cleveland Browns rookie defensive end Myles Garrett has moved into the first team in practice. Opposing quarterbacks are now on notice.
It only took less than a week for the inevitable to become reality.
Cleveland Browns rookie defensive end Myles Garrett is now practicing with the first team.
While it was bound to happen sooner rather than later – this isn’t Johnny Manziel or Justin Gilbert we’re talking about here – head coach Hue Jackson resisted the urge to simply plug the No. 1 overall selection in the draft into the lineup.
Instead, Jackson let the process play out so that everyone could see that Garrett earned time with the first team because of his talent and not just his draft status, Jackson told clevelandbrowns.com:
"“He has earned it. I can only keep him down there for so long. You have to start pushing him up. He is doing a good job. He is earning it. That is what we feel. We feel like every day when we watch the tape, you keep watching him get better and better and better and better. He is in better shape, he understands our system better and he knows exactly what to do so he is starting to play a lot better.”"
Garrett is the centerpiece of Cleveland’s rebuilt defense, the type of potentially disruptive player that the Browns have not had in a long time.
Garrett took the first step to being the player on Wednesday during an afternoon practice in Berea. If all goes according to plan, his journey will be making a stop atop Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Sept. 10 in the season opener.
Which will be just about the best thing ever.
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