Even though the Cleveland Browns selected former Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, they’re not going to hand anything to him without having him earn it first.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Browns are having Garrett work with the second and third units instead of the ones until he proves he belongs:
“Everybody’s to earn the right to play,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said.
Fortunately for the Browns, Garrett isn’t upset by the rookie treatment, saying he knows he has to show his abilities on an NFL field and that his college accomplishments don’t matter anymore:
“I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Garrett said. “I’ve got to prove myself. I haven’t shown any kind of resume or what I can on the NFL level so they have to see. I have to go from level to level, spot to spot and show that I can be successful.”
It’s still early, so it’s not surprising that Garrett isn’t working with the starters yet, but if there’s one team that can mess up a situation like this, it’s the Browns.
This will be a story to keep an eye on as the summer progresses.