3. Myles Garrett wins defensive MVP
It’s difficult to call it “outlandish” that Myles Garrett will have a fantastic year in 2021. This is a guy that has 35.5 sacks in his last 40 starts. Not only are his sack numbers tremendous, but he is also doing this against a ton of double teams and chips because of his dominance.
Olivier Vernon was certainly a threat the last few years, but he struggled to stay on the field. However, with the addition of Jadeveon Clowney this season, and a full recovery from COVID-19, Garrett very easily could win the defensive most valuable player of the league next season.
With the additional threat of Clowney and substantially better pass coverage in the secondary, I see Garrett averaging greater than one sack per game — which could lead to him setting a team record. I don’t think it is outrageous at all to think he can’t hit 20. As good as Garrett has been, he has yet to hit his ceiling.
Look for Joe Woods to put a major emphasis on getting Garrett one on ones this season. That will involve moving him around, especially in passing situations. As bad as the defense was in 2020, fans can expect a major improvement in 2021 with Garrett being a major part of that.