During his time as a member of the Cleveland Browns, veteran offensive tackle Joe Thomas has seen players come and go at a rapid rate. However, the longtime Browns blocker now believes that the struggling AFC North franchise has a keeper in rookie defensive end Myles Garrett.
“Since I’ve been watching the NFL in the ’90s, I’ve never seen a player that plays like he does,” Thomas said on Thursday, via Cleveland.com. “The things he can do, and you saw it, he hardly played at all, he was playing on one leg and he had two sacks against a team that didn’t really hang onto the ball and throw down the field all that often.
“They were kind of dinking and dunking and running the ball. To be able to get sacks like he did is pretty impressive, but it’s not a big surprise for us on the offensive line because we’ve seen his ability week in and week out.”
The Browns notably selected Garrett with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M.
“It’s great having him on my team,” Thomas added. “Certainly I’d hate to have to block him. It was disappointing losing him early in the season because we saw what he was doing in practice and what he was doing in the preseason.”
While Garrett has already made quite the impression in Cleveland, the first-year pass rusher has made just one regular-season appearance atop the highest level. Garrett was previously hindered by a lingering ankle injury and was ultimately forced to make his NFL debut in Week 5 against the New York Jets.
As a whole, the Browns remain winless with Cleveland currently sporting a disappointing 0-5 record.