Prior to the start of the 2019 season, Myles Garrett set a personal goal of being the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Midway through just the second game of the season, the Cleveland Browns defensive end is already making a heck of a case.
Four minutes into the second half of the Browns' primetime matchup vs. the New York Jets on Monday night, Garrett sacked quarterback Luke Falk at the Jets' 2-yard line. The sack marked Garrett's third of the game, making him the first Cleveland player to record three sacks in one game since Paul Kruger did so in 2014.
Garrett's third sack on Monday brought his total on the season to five after the former No. 1 overall pick tallied two sacks in the Browns' season-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans a week ago. While it's highly unlikely Garrett will continue getting to opposing quarterbacks at a 40 sacks per season rate, his five sacks through just two weeks bode well for hs potential of putting up a stat line worthy of postseason honors.
After recording 7 sacks in 11 games as a rookie, Garrett broke through to notch 13.5 sacks in 16 games in 2018, earning Pro Bowl honors in the process. For what it's worth, last year's NFL Defensive Player of the Year -- Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald -- recorded 20.5 sacks.
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