Browns studs and duds: Deshaun Watson breaks out in Week 17

Browns, Deshaun Watson. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)
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Browns, Myles Garrett
Browns, Myles Garrett. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

Stud: Myles Garrett, EDGE

Myles Garrett made news for the wrong reason this week as it was reported that he was not on the field for the start of the New Orleans game due to disciplinary reasons. Garrett said he understood the decision from Kevin Stefanski and vowed to keep himself out of such situations in the future.

Garrett has become a leader for the Browns and said he should set the best example because of that. That applies to the field as much as off of it and on Sunday, he was leading the way in the second half.

Cleveland held Washington to 10 points overall but the pass rush was a huge reason for them scoring only three points in the final 30 minutes. Garrett was able to generate a lot of pressure and ended up with 1.5 sacks.

He now has 15 on the year as he too is chasing his own personal best. Just last season, Garrett had 16 sacks and he needs just one more to tie that.

Dud: David Njoku: TE

On the first drive of the second half, Cleveland had just gained a first down on a run by Deshaun Watson and on first-and-10, Watson hit David Njoku in the middle of the field for what should have been a five-yard gain. That didn’t happen though as Njoku had the ball go off his hands and fall incomplete.

It was the second week in a row he had a drop, although last week’s failed play would have tied it up in the fourth quarter. This one wasn’t as bad and Amari Cooper hitting a 46-yard touchdown a couple of plays later made it a forgettable play but it wasn’t Njoku’s best performance.

He redeemed himself with a 21-yard grab later but it still wasn’t a great performance as he’s cooled off recently.