Selected by the Cleveland Browns with the first overall pick in this spring’s NFL Draft, defensive end Myles Garrett made his NFL debut on Sunday after missing the first four games of the season with a high ankle sprain. Garrett’s debut was an impressive one as well, as he tallied two quarterback sacks in the team’s 17-14 loss to the New York Jets.
Among those who were impressed with Garrett’s performance was Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, a player who, given his job description, knows a lot about talented pass rushers. He knows what separates the good ones from those who can thoroughly disrupt a team’s offensive game plan. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Thomas was effusive in his praise of Garrett on Thursday.
“Since I’ve been watching the NFL in the ’90s, I’ve never seen a player that plays like he does,” Thomas said Thursday. “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.”
While Garrett’s debut featured flashes of what made him such a valuable draft prospect, the next step is for him to get fully healthy. Garrett played just 19 snaps as a result of his right ankle flaring up, and he was listed as “limited” in Wednesday and Thursday’s practices on the Browns injury report.