CLEVELAND, Ohio — Myles Garrett’s coaches all believe he can flash even more ability than he so far, and he agrees.
“I feel I have so much more left in the tank, so much more to do and I have so many years left for this team and this community,’’ Garrett said Saturday morning at his inaugural youth football camp at Gilmour Academy.
Like he has every year, Garrett will do something above and beyond the call of duty this offseason to be better than the year before. But he wouldn’t say what it is.
“I can’t tell you that, I’d be giving away my secrets,’’ he said. “You’d have all the D-linemen try to see who I’m seeing. That’s not right. So I just gotta keep my secrets to myself. I’m trying to take it to the next level and can’t allow anybody to do what I’m doing.’’
He promised to reveal it “a little bit later on. I feel like each year I try to do something a little bit different, add a little bit of a new flavor to my game and it’s nothing different about that this year, trying to just get a little bit better.’’
Defensive line coach Chris Kiffin is confident that Garrett can top the 2021 version of himself that set the club record with 16 sacks.
“I said it last training camp that he came back bigger, faster, stronger and I hadn’t seem him in awhile here since the season was over and when he came back this year I feel like he was bigger, faster, stronger again so he works out like nobody I’ve ever seen,’’ Kiffin told cleveland.com after Organized Team Activities on Wednesday. “And it pays for him, but on the field, the game continues to slow down for those guys as they go through year three, four, five or six, so I definitely expect him to take another step.’’
Kiffin echoed the sentiments of defensive coordinator Joe Woods, who believes the sky is the limit for Garrett.
“Myles is very talented,’’ Woods said June 1st. “For him, I think it’s more about consistency, looking back at some of the plays last year that he left out there. For me, that’s what I talk to Myles about is just really perfecting the defense, not missing any opportunities and playing as hard as you can possibly play on every snap because when Myles does that, he’s unblock-able in my opinion.”
Garrett didn’t ask Kevin Stefanski about skipping the Hall of Fame
Kevin Stefanski showed up at Garrett’s camp Saturday morning to support him, and the two chatted. But Garrett told Cleveland.com that he didn’t ask Stefanski if he could skip going to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday with the rest of the team on Day 2 of mandatory minicamp.
“It wasn’t the place for that,’’ Garrett said.
The Browns will practice Wednesday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and then tour the Hall. But Garrett said Friday night at an event that he doesn’t want to step foot inside the Hall.
“Honestly, I don’t want to go,” he said. “I’ve kept myself from going because I don’t want to go until I’m in it.
“Until I have my face in it, I don’t want to go. If we go as a team and Kevin says, ‘I want you to go,’ fair play. But I’m not trying to go until they have me in there for good.”
With a lofty goal like that, sitting this one out doesn’t seem too much to ask. As for Garrett’s chances of making the Hall of Fame some day, he’s on pace, and if he continues to get double-digit sacks over the rest of his career and add to his two first-team All-Pros, he should achieve the goal. An NFL Defensive Player of the Year award would help.
He also appreciated Stefanski attending the camp.
“It was amazing,’’ he said. “Him putting his money where his mouth is, being able to come out here, saying that he wants us to be rooted in the community and giving back to that, using our platform for good. I’ve always been about that, I was taught that young and it’s just a part of me. Him also doing it and for him to be a part of it and showing up literally and being here, maybe get him to coach today or tomorrow. But just his presence means a whole lot.’’
Deshaun Watson planning another team workout
Watson is planning another team workout somewhere in July, a league source said. Safety John Johnson III also mentioned Wednesday after OTAs that he thought Watson might have something else planned.
It’s not yet known if this session will include defensive players as well. At the end of last season, defenders such as Johnson and Greg Newsome II cited the disconnect between offense and defense, and a group workout with some of both might be beneficial. Watson’s first trip was to Atlantis in the Bahamas for more than 27 of his offensive teammates.
As for Garrett’s all-expense trip to South Beach last weekend for members of the defensive front, he said it was a success. The tropical storm prevented some of the outdoor workouts they had planned, but they did some team-bonding.
“We just laid out in the sun. …did some yoga, it was just something light,’’ he said. “We didn’t do much. I had a couple dinners, a couple brunches. What you’d expect out of going to South Beach.’’
Defensive tackle Jordan Elliott standing out
Kiffin doesn’t have any stars at defensive tackle, but he’s especially excited about third-year pro Jordan Elliott, the Browns third-round pick in 2020 out of Missouri. If Elliott keeps up this way, he’ll start inside possibly next to fourth-round Perrion Winfrey.
“The guy I’ve been most pleased with this offseason has been Jordan Elliott,’’ Kiffin said. “Coming in, not just saying it, he’s bigger, faster, stronger. He put in the work from the time the season was over. So he looks different out here than he ever has. Really excited for him. It’s all in front of him. He’s got to have a good summer, but I think training camp, it’ll be go time for him.’’
Kiffin also expects second-year pro Tommy Togiai, their 2021 fourth-round pick out of Ohio State, to get more playing time this season.
“Tommy played really good football for us,’’ he said. He didn’t play a bunch but he’s always around the ball, he’s productive, with him just continuing to gain size and be able to hold the point in there, but he’s always around the ball, he understands game. He’s a good rotational guy for us.’’
Of course, Kiffin is eager to work with Winfrey.
“He’s an ideal scheme fit as a three-technique, explosive, attacking, can get upfield and disrupt and then same thing with Taven Bryan who we addressed in free agency,’’ Kiffin said. “Same type of player for us, perfect scheme fit, explosive three-technique that can attack, penetrate and disrupt, so we’re excited about adding those guys.’’
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