Myles Garrett gets reinstated by NFL. Will he be the same dominant player as before?
All Pro DE Myles Garrett was reinstated by NFL this week after his indefeinite suspension cost him 6 games without pay due to the ugly on-field incident that happened on November 14th in Browns 21-7 win over the Steelers.
On the game's last play, Myles Garrett hit Steelers QB Mason Rudolph late taking him to the ground in bear hug fashion. A frustrated Rudolph attempted to take off Garrett's helmet. Instead, Garrett took off Rudolph's helmet and clubbed him on the head with the helmet. A fight ensued involving those two plus offensive lineman from the Steelers then players came off the bench and on to the field.
As a result, Garrett received an indefinite suspension which equated to missing the last 6 games of the 2019 season. He was also fined $45,000. Browns finished a disappointing 6-10 and 1st year Head Coach was fired at season's end.
I say it's safe to say without Myles Garrett, it cost the Browns about 1-2 wins. Two wins could of saved Kitchens job. He's now a Tight Ends Coach with the New York Giants.
This season, in his first three games Garrett had recorded 9 sacks. He had 3 sacks alone in a game vs. the Jets in Week 2.
Browns slow surprise to respectability likely all started when they drafted Myles Garrett with the #1 overall pick in the 2017. He's already made a Pro-Bowl and lead the Browns with 13.5 sacks in 2019. Overall, he finished 6th in the NFL in sacks.
On January 16th of 2017 the Pro Football Writers Association of America (PFWAA) named DE Myles Garrett to the All-Pro Rookie Team. Garrett played well in the 11 games he played for the winless Browns.
He recorded 7 sacks which was an ample amount considering he missed the first four games with a high-ankle sprain and also didn't travel when the Browns played the Viking in London with concussion-like symptoms.
Cleveland signed their star prospect to a 4-year $30.4 million dollar deal. This includes a signing bonus of a reported $20 million. In 2020 his salary is $4,612,126.
Myles Garrett (6'5", 262 lbs) out of Texas A& M who many believed from the get-go was hands-down the best player in the 2017 draft.
Garrett was projected to be a defensive playmaker and thus far he has been. He's strong and physical, but this ugly incident will forever be part of his legacy whatever that turns out to be. It has to be, considering he did the taboo; hit a player with his helmet off, especially a QB. Even worse, hit him on the head with a helmet. Luckily Rudolph was not hurt.
One big remaining questions is; will Garrett be the same player post his suspension. He's already recorded 30.5 sacks in 37 games. He alone could be a defensive difference maker for the Browns and that could equate to a long overdue playoff appearance (2002) providing the Browns roster-rich offense plays up to its potential.