Most anyone who watched Myles Garrett play football in 2018 became aware of his potential at one point or another. It's almost impossible to not see.
His pure strength and length are awe-inspiring, as is his blindingly fast get-off. Just ask the Browns tackles who have to face him each day.
Garrett spent much of his Monday practice lined up against left tackle Greg Robinson, a former No. 2 overall pick who experienced a career renaissance of sorts last season when called upon in the middle of the season.
He's since signed a one-year deal to stay with the team and prove it wasn't a fluke, and he's getting quite a daily test from Garrett. Oftentimes, when Garrett wins around the edge, Robinson is immediately pinned with the blame. But what most don't consider is: there are very few players who are able to stop Garrett consistently.
Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens said it best.
“I think Myles is a pretty good player and I think Greg is a pretty good player," Kitchens said. "I think that is a good competition and when Myles is in the backfield I would say he is supposed to be there and that is where I want him most of the game."
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Garrett wants to be there and more. His eyes on are something greater than a Pro Bowl selection, which he earned for the first time in his career last season. He wants to reach the rare 20-sack mark, and he wants to win Defensive Player of the Year. And he hears all of the naysayers.
"Myles can definitely do it. He has all the attributes," linebacker Christian Kirksey said of Garrett. “He's a guy that can learn fast. He's physically fast. Strong. I think he was just what, 49 in the Top 100? Which kind of pissed him off. But he's definitely working and he's going to get everything that he wants."
Garrett is undoubtedly one of the stars of camp thus far, and it comes as no surprise. He started attracting attention from opponents early in 2018, thanks to his harassment of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in Week 1. He’s also receiving praise from his new, veteran teammates.
It's just the beginning for Garrett, who isn't just aiming to be recognized, but expects his name to become a household reference in 2019, even if NFL.com recently ranked him as the seventh-best player from his 2017 draft class from which he was selected first overall.
“As the best defensive player in the league -- that is the goal," Garrett said Thursday when asked how he wants the NFL to view him. "That is the only way to stamp your name in the history books. If you are the best defensive player, you have to win Defensive Player of the Year. That is always the goal. If I don’t win that, it is about being a team player and taking my team to the Super Bowl.”