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BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett injured his right ankle Wednesday and was not able to finish practice, coach Hue Jackson said at his post-practice news conference.

“He went as long as he could,” Jackson said.

Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter the team is concerned Garrett could miss time, including Sunday’s opener.

Garrett will undergo further evaluation Wednesday night. He was listed as limited on the injury report. Jackson would not guess whether this would affect the rookie’s availability for Sunday’s opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“We’ll see,” Jackson said. “I don’t want to make medical decisions. I’m not very good at them. We’ll see where we are as we move through the week.”

Garrett had a foot issue in minicamp, but Jackson said he did not believe the ankle injury was related. Garrett was the first overall pick in this year’s draft.

“He was out there at practice; obviously he didn’t finish practice,” Jackson said. “Let’s just leave it at that. He didn’t finish today, so we’ll see where we are.”

When he met the media before practice, Garrett refused to back down from his statement in the spring that he hoped to take down Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

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Which rookie pass-rusher will be this year’s Joey Bosa? History says probably none of them. What Bosa did as a rookie last season for the Chargers — 10.5 sacks in only 12 games — was bonkers. And while teams that picked pass-rushers early in this year’s draft have high hopes for their own prospective Bosas, there’s a good chance they’ll have to wait.

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BEREA, Ohio — Gregg Williams has coached scores of Pro Bowlers in his 26 years in the NFL, but never one who’s made the immediate impact of Myles Garrett.

“I’ve never had a chance to draft the first overall pick ever, but I’ve had some pretty high draft picks,” said Williams. “He’s the one that has jumped out and fit in faster than any of the other ones, and I have had some really, really good ones. The reason that he moved up the depth chart was because of him and his teammates, not because of my evaluation.”

Williams banished Garrett to third-team defense when he arrived, but the Texas A&M pass-rusher has clawed his way to the top of the depth chart at right defensive end, and is ready to unleash his fury on NFL left tackles.

Browns’ Greqq Williams praises Myles Garrett

“How do you handle (being last on the depth chart)?” said Williams. “How do you handle the locker room? How do you handle the meeting room? How do you handle the field? How do you handle the walkthroughs? How do you handle being humble? How do you handle being respectful? He’s a really good young man and a pretty good player, too.”

Williams’ high praise for Garrett comes after he spent three seasons with 2014 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Aaron Donald, who made the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons as a defensive tackle under Williams.

Still the former Rams coordinator has seen the lights come on faster for Garrett, who was doubled at times by the Saints last week. One New Orleans player told ESPN they were “looking forward to christening the No. 1 pick in the draft.” Garrett didn’t have a sack, but had a quarterback hit and a tackle for a loss.

“He handled the threes, he handled the twos, he got some spot time on one and then when the other players, the veteran players came to me and said, ‘Hey, do you know we are better when he is in there?’ Really? Well, now you are going to own him. I don’t have to force him down your throat. You’re going to own him,” said Williams.

“They just fit in together. He’s done well. He played the run very well last week. He was very disruptive on the things that we ask him to do in the pass game. I can tell you this, you go back and watch the film, they were pointing to where he was. The Saints knew where he was.”

Williams is equally excited about strong safety Jabrill Peppers, who’s been working with the first team while Ibraheim Campbell is out with a concussion. In practice on Tuesday, Peppers has two pass breakups and an interception of Brock Osweiler in his two minute drill, and a helmet-to-helmet hit on Ranell Hall that would’ve drawn a flag in a game. But coach Hue Jackson didn’t think there was ill intent.

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Quarterbacks will be the main focus for the Cleveland Browns in their preseason opener Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints.

QB Brock Osweiler will get the start for the Browns and the chance to secure the job for the regular-season opener, with Cody Kessler and rookie DeShone Kizerto follow. Kessler has struggled in camp. Kizer could earn the chance to get more snaps in the second preseason game with a strong performance against the Saints.

Osweiler earned the start partly by default, partly by performance. If he plays well, he could force coach Hue Jackson to commit to the veteran as the starter against Pittsburgh in the season opener.

The quarterbacks are not the only position of note, however, as the Browns hope to start to erase the memory of a 1-15 season, the worst in team history. The Browns lost all four preseason games last year, which has Jackson talking about playing to win this season’s practice games.

“I don’t want to go oh-fer again,” Jackson said. “I don’t want to feel like that. I don’t think this team deserves that.”

Among other positions and players of interest:

  • Myles Garrett, the draft’s first overall pick, will start at defensive end. Garrett has done everything asked of him in his first camp, and he said he’s eager to finally tackle a quarterback instead of avoiding the QB — as defenses are mandated when practicing against their own quarterbacks. “It is really harder to avoid hitting them than it is to actually wrap him up and take him down,” Garrett said.
  • The Browns’ other two first-round picks are on different tracks for the opener. Jackson said on his radio show Wednesday that tight end David Njoku will not play due to a back issue. Njoku needs reps, so his absence is significant. Safety Jabrill Peppers was active in the team’s recent intrasquad scrimmage. He is listed as a backup safety, but if he continues to impress, he may break into the starting lineup before preseason ends.

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In a workout video, Cleveland’s first overall pick demonstrates that his foot is just fine.

After Cleveland Browns minicamp ended in mid-June, the Browns said that first overall pick Myles Garrett would be ready for the start of training camp despite having a lateral foot sprain. The last time we had seen Garrett, he was seen by a fan in a walking boot at the airport.

Back on Wednesday, a fan asked Garrett on Twitter how his left foot was doing. Surprisingly, Garrett responded not just with a standard response, but with a video showing him leg pressing a ridiculous amount of weight:

Impressive! Just how much weight was Garrett leg pressing? For that, we turn to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, who got the answer from either Garrett himself or one of his representatives:

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The Cleveland Browns must not bring Myles Garrett back on the practice field until he is completely healthy for the 2017 season.

Cleveland Browns fans were overjoyed to get Myles Garrett at No. 1 overall in this year’s NFL Draft. But the joy took a right hook to the face when Garrett left the field during this month’s minicamp with an injury.

The injury was diagnosed as a lateral foot sprain, although Garrett is expected to be back for training camp, according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com.

At first glance, that is good news. Having Garrett back for training camp means he will get the preparation he needs to dominate during the regular season.

Yet with training camp just over one month away, bringing Garrett back at the start of camp may not be a great idea. He has made a living on his feet, and if one is hurt he will not be as explosive as he should be.

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Myles Garrett continues to make a strong impression on the Browns’ veteran players, but it has little to do with him being the first-overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Instead, they’re praising Garrett — the freakishly athletic defensive end from Texas A&M — for his work ethic and humility on and off the field.

“He’s a workaholic, man. He’s one of the first rookies on the field and he’s one of the last rookies to leave the field,” fourth-year linebacker Christian Kirksey said Tuesday at the annual Cleveland Browns Foundation Golf Tournament. “That just shows you what type of guy he is, he’s always working and he’s always trying to improve.”

Garrett, one of Cleveland’s three first-round picks last month, is poised to become an impact player on a young Browns defense. But with OTAs set to begin Tuesday, his teammates say it’s clear Garrett is as grounded and level-headed as they come.

“He’s not all into the hype of being a first-round pick,” Kirksey said. “He comes in every day with his head down and grinding and working.”

Joe Haden, the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback entering his eighth season, echoed a similar sentiment. “He doesn’t say too much and that’s why I said I just can’t wait to see him out on the field because you don’t get a read on him,” said Haden, who also added: “I think he’s just ready to come in and earn his keep.”

Last week, left tackle and 10-time Pro Bowler Joe Thomas said he saw a “fire burning inside” Garrett to be great and lauded the 21-year-old for his approach thus far.

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Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

Hot take: the Browns are the most interesting team in football right now. Though far from being the best or the fastest rising team in the league, this organization has finally put a plan in place that might eventually allow them to make the playoffs and, barring another Jimmy Haslam temper tantrum, compete for a Super Bowl. They may have been out of their f***king minds wrong about Carson Wentz, but a lot of what they’re doing makes perfect sense.

Personally, I love this Browns regime; the hiring of Moneyball genius Paul DePodesta ushered in a Hinkie-like “process” oriented era in Cleveland—one where we saw them repeatedly trade down to acquire more picks, and most recently “buy” a second round pick from the Texans in exchange for Brock Osweiler’s bloated contract. The Browns don’t need the cap space, something they have plenty of at the moment, and acquiring that pick gives them yet another asset to use in their talent acquisition phase.

Maybe they’ll consolidate picks in an effort to acquire Jimmy Garappolo, A.J. McCarron, or some other QB, but I think they’ll stick to their guns, and continue adding talent to this roster through the draft—which brings me to this pick:

With the 1st overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

Myles Garrett has been unanimously proclaimed the best player in this draft, and it isn’t close. There are clearly no QB’s in this class worthy of this pick, and the Browns are too early in “The Process” to reach for a signal caller at this juncture. Instead, they stand pat and select a cornerstone pass rusher who has drawn comparisons to Julius Peppers.

At 6’4″ and 272 lbs, Garrett is a ridiculous athlete for his size. He ran a 4.64 second 40-yard dash, put up 33 reps of 225 lbs in the bench press, leapt 41″ in the vertical and a staggering 10’8″ in the broad jump. For reference, this guy basically ran the same 40 time as Florida CB Jalen “Teez” Tabor, despite outweighing him by about 75 lbs.

Garrett isn’t just a freak athlete, though; his athleticism is reflected in his production. He scored 11.5 sacks as a freshman, before finishing his sophomore year with 19.5 tackles for loss and tying for second in the FBS with 12.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. He fought through a minor knee injury this past season, but was still named first-team All-American and All-SEC with “just” 15 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 11 games (9 starts).

Garrett projects to be an elite edge rusher at the next level, something that is both difficult to find and an incredible asset to a football team. We all know that there is no such thing as a “sure thing” in the NFL draft, but Garrett is just about as close as it gets. The Browns have more than likely already made up their minds about this pick, and are salivating at the thought of having Garrett lining up across from Jamie Collins for the next 5 years.

Make the pick, Sashi. #TTP

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