This is not one of those weeks where there is any difficult whatsoever in choosing which Cleveland Browns player I would most like to place into the lineup for the New York Giants. The answer is easy — it’s defensive end Myles Garrett.
Go ahead and make your argument for cornerback Denzel Ward, running back Nick Chubb, wide receiver, Jarvis Landry, offensive tackles Jedrick Wills and Jack Conklin, even quarterback Baker Mayfield if you’re inclined to go there.
I’m taking the game-wrecking 24-year-old (25 on Dec. 29) defensive end every time. As talented as this Cleveland roster is, my $.02 is taking anyone other that Garrett is the wrong choice.
Yes, the 6-foot-4, 272-pound Garrett would not be a perfect fit in the 3-4 based scheme the Giants employ. Defensive coordinator Patrick Graham is, though, an intelligent man. Garrett is not the kind of player you “fit into” a defense. He is the kind of player you build a defensive scheme around.
The first overall pick by Cleveland in the 2017 NFL Draft, Garrett has 41 sacks and 80 quarterback hits in 48 NFL games. He already has 10.5 sacks in 11 games played this season, and now has double-digit sacks in three consecutive seasons. Garrett missed two games this season with COVID-19.
One of the things I always consider when making this choice is the age of a player. Garrett, 25 at season’s end, is entering the prime of his career. The Browns smartly signed him to a five-year, $125 million extension ($50 million guaranteed) that will keep him in Cleveland through the 2026 season.
Giants coach Joe Judge called Garrett a “phenomenal talent.”
Giants tight ends coach Freddie Kitchens will call the Giants’ offensive plays this weekend with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett having test positive for COVID-19. Kitchens was Cleveland’s head coach in 2019.
“Myles is one of the best football players in the National Football League,” Kitchens said this week. “he can bend, he gets after the quarterback, he’s long, strip sacks all over the field, good in the run game. Myles is just a good all-around player. Three guys on Myles wouldn’t be enough.”
Yeah, that kind of player will definitely make life miserable for whichever Giants’ quarterback is playing Sunday night. In an alternate universe, he sure would look good in a Giants’ uniform.