Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett made an impact when he was on the field during his rookie season.
Unfortunately for Garrett, an ankle injury slowed the start to his season and a concussion forced him to miss the Browns’ trip to London. All told, the 22-year-old played in just 11 games.
“The best quality is availability,” Garrett said recently. “I have to be present.”
Garrett, who was the top overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, recorded seven sacks to go along with 31 tackles last season.
While appreciative of Garrett’s motor, Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams told ESPN.com that his drive needs to be monitored.
“He is one of the few guys that I have had to coach that I know I am going to have to keep my hand on to hold back,” Williams said of Garrett, who is listed at 6-foot-4, 272 pounds. “One of the things with him is his overworking. He works so hard because he does not want to be good; he wants to be great.
“Sometimes he can be his own worst enemy in that respect because he works so hard physically that he has to do a good job with recovery also. The next thing is this — and he knows — if he stays healthy, watch out.”
Garrett collected 141 tackles (47 for loss), 31 sacks and forced seven fumbles during his three-year career at Texas A&M. He had 8.5 sacks last season despite dealing with a high-ankle sprain.