CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett is an explosive pass-rushing lineman about to enter his third season in the National Football League, and if his recent efforts are any indication, he is working to accomplish more in 2019 and beyond.
In a recent workout, Garrett was shown squat-lifting nearly 700 pounds, and if that was not enough, he went to the Casey Coleman Fieldhouse in Berea and did plyometric box jumps…with a 50-pound dumbbell in each hand to increase the difficulty and maximize the results of the workout.
The 6-foot-4, 272-pound Garrett lifted nearly three times his body weight in the two squat lifts, and was able to leap several feet into the air while holding 100 pounds of added weight in his hands.
Garrett’s feats of athleticism and strength drew praise on Twitter from around the sports world, including Sunday Night Football on NBC and FanDuel.com.
“Freak of Nature,” SNF on NBC tweeted.
FanDuel added, “Myles Garrett is unreal,” followed by an emoji.
Garrett earned selection to his first Pro Bowl after a standout second season with the Browns in 2018.
Fully healthy coming into his second NFL season, Garrett emerged as a leader for the Browns’ defense and registered 44 total tackles, including 35 solo stops, while playing in all 16 games for the team who selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Of those 44 tackles, 13.5 were sacks on opposing quarterbacks for 75.5 lost yards, and Garrett finished the year registering one of the most impressive single-season sack totals in franchise history.
With 20.5 career sacks, Garrett registered the most by a Brown in his first 27 games, as well as the most by a defender in his first two professional seasons. This year, Garrett ranked sixth in the NFL with the 13.5 sacks and fourth in the AFC with four forced fumbles.
For his efforts, Garrett became the Browns’ first front seven defender to reach All-Pro status since linebacker Jamir Miller in 2001 and first defensive lineman since Michael Dean Perry made the AP All-Pro Team in 1994.
Garrett and Browns offensive lineman Joel Bitonio were named second-team All-Pro for the 2018 season.