The career of Myles Garrett got off to about as good a start as humanly possible.
Aside from its coming four games late.
But on his very first snap on Sunday, the defensive end made up for the delay with a filthy, flattening sack of New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 8, 2017
The Texas A&M alum drew rave reviews from teammates and coaches before the season.
“He’s looking like the first overall pick,” said cornerback Joe Haden, who’d been cut by the Browns before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to cleveland.com. “I was super excited when we got him. I feel like that’s the pick that is a stamp. We didn’t miss on that one. I could tell that from the very beginning. He just has stuff that you can’t teach—his motor, his professionalism and his attitude.
“He definitely is a pro already. He is mature beyond his age. He just loves the game and loves getting after it. My bold prediction, I really feel like Myles can make the Pro Bowl his rookie year.”
All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas was similarly effusive with his praise.
“The things that you see out of Myles already that makes him special is just his speed off the ball, his speed around the edge, the way he can bend and his quickness, his change of direction,” Thomas said. “Those are the skills that you can’t really teach that he has. And he’s pretty big. I don’t know how much he weighs, but usually guys that have his type of elite speed are more the 220-, 230-pound range and those guys are not as effective pass rushers usually because they’re not as powerful.
“But Myles is a powerful guy, so he’s got that total package of all the things you’re looking for when you’re looking for a pass rusher. The size, the speed, the quickness, the explosiveness.”
All those skills were on display on Myles Garrett’s very first play.
Halfway through the second quarter, the Browns and Jets are tied at zero.