2. Myles Garrett
Let’s just call it for what it is; last season’s suspension was a joke.
Myles Garrett’s posts on social media suggest that he is coming back with a vengeance after the league reinstated him in February. Great news for Browns fans and not so much for Browns opponents.
Garrett had a chip on his shoulder last season after former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams limited him to only two moves in the pass rush. Garrett was on pace for at least 16 sacks before the fallout against the Steelers. In his first two seasons, Garrett combined for 20.5 sacks. That goes to show how motivation factors into greatness.
As a pass rusher, Garrett can use that negative energy to fuel his fire. If the reports are true and the Browns are pursuing Jadeveon Clowney, that will do nothing but unleash the beast. Offenses would need to consistently have an additional tight end on the line to block Garrett. So even if he doesn’t see the stats, his value will be felt, a la Peyton Manning in 2011.
This season will be that of a redemption story. Expect Garrett to jump out of the gate quickly and make his presence felt. Besides, he’ll probably want to negotiate a long-term deal instead of the fifth-year option. What would be a better tool than 20-plus sacks?