First overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft Myles Garrett will finally make his NFL debut on Sunday in the Cleveland Browns‘ game against the New York Jets. Garrett didn’t play for the Browns in the regular season after suffering high ankle sprain in practice on September 6. A week ago, he returned to practice and was in limited participation this week. The news about Garrett being available for the Jets game was confirmed by the Browns on Friday.
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“It’s exciting not just for myself, but for him and his teammates,” head coach Hue Jackson said Friday. He also added that he doesn’t want to physically overload Garrett since he was out for such a long time and that the team has to be “smart” with the expectations from him.
“It is exciting. I am ready to play, ready to show what I can do.” – said Garrett at the press conference. “It is just about doing what I can, making the plays I am supposed to make and be who I am supposed to be on the field; not be out of my gap or not missing any assignments and then once I correct all of those and I have no hesitation or anything holding me back, then I can try to step forward and have a bigger role.”
Garrett also said that he wanted to play last week but that the team didn’t allow him to do so, fearing that it could be too soon.
The 21-year-old defensive end played his college football at Texas A&M and was named First-team All-American and First-team All-SEC in both 2015 and 2016. During his college career, Garrett had 141 tackles and 31.0 sacks alongside 1 interception and 7 forced fumbles. After his junior year at college, he entered the 2017 NFL draft where the Browns took him with the No.1 pick.