BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns rookie defensive end Myles Garrett is not shy about plans for his career in the National Football League, and that could be a very good thing for a team that went 1-15 and had one of the worst defenses in the league during the 2016 season.
No matter where he lines up on the field, Garrett aims to have an impact.
“I’m going to be a playmaker,” Garrett said on the first day of rookie minicamp. “No matter where they put me at or what kind of plays they have, I know they’re going to put me in the best position to make plays. I’m not really bothered. They’re going to blitz me. They’re going to let me go and wreck havoc, and I’m excited for it.”
The Browns selected the former Texas A&M defensive stalwart with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft last month.
In 34 games over his three years with the Aggies, Garrett registered 141 total tackles, including 81 solo stops and 60 assists, with 31.0 quarterback sacks, seven forced fumbles, one recovery, five passes defended and one interception.
“I have high expectations for myself,” Garrett said. “I’m not worried about what other people expect from me or what they think I’m going to do.
“My expectations are different and higher than most others for me. I hold myself to that every, single time I step on the field, whether I’m going out there against who’s out there for rookie camp or if I’m going against the very best or if I’m just trying to learn the playbook or be a great man in general.”
The Browns have not had a winning season since posting a 10-6 record in 2007 and have made just one trip to the playoffs since returning to the NFL in 1999, but none of that matters to Garrett.
“It doesn’t bother me at all,” Garrett said. “These guys, they know what kind of standard they have here, and they’re trying to turn things around. They have a standard of winning, and that’s every rep on the field and off the field. We’re trying to mold ourselves to that standard.
“I’m in good hands. This is what I’ve been dreaming of for I don’t know how long, so just I’m going to take advantage of all the opportunities I’m given and go out there and be yourself.”
In Garrett’s opinion, the key going forward is for the rookies to find whatever ways they can help the Browns show improvement every time they take the field.
“Everybody’s here, willing to compete and willing to get better,” Garrett said. “We’re just going to try and prove ourselves, prove that we belong.
“We’ve got to find our place. We’ve got to find out where we fit and how we could make this team better. I think we can all do that. We all can contribute in one way or another, and the next three days and the next couple weeks will just be finding our niche.”
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