After missing the first four games with a high-ankle sprain, defensive end Myles Garrett is expected to make his NFL debut for the Cleveland Browns (0-4). This is a big deal in Cleveland, where another season already is in tatters. The moribund Browns and their passionate, success-starved fan base are hoping Garrett can provide positive mojo.
It's the Jets' job to make sure his long-awaited debut is a bust.
"He’s a heck of a player," coach Todd Bowles said. "We’re just going to try and do our job and slow him down a little bit."
Because he missed so much time, Garrett will be on "a pitch count" Sunday, according to Browns coach Hue Jackson.
Garrett is a 6-foot-4, 272-pound end with 4.64 speed in the 40, a 41-inch vertical jump and rare athleticism for the position. Despite their eternal issues at quarterback, the Browns took Garrett over Mitchell Trubisky and the other top passers in the draft. If he plays right end, his position in the preseason, he'll be matched against left tackle Kelvin Beachum.
"I block numbers," Beachum said. "Whoever shows up on Sunday is who I have to handle. I know he's a high-pedigree type of guy. I know he's an athletic type of guy, but at the end of the day, we're professionals and we have to block professionals. Whoever shows up in front of me, that's who I have to block."
With no regular-season tape of Garrett to study, Beachum went back to the preseason -- specifically, Cleveland's game against the New York Giants. He watched the cut-ups of Garrett facing the Giants' first-team offensive line. In that game, he had one sack in 22 defensive snaps.
"You can go back and watch college film, too, and look at that and preseason games and things like that," Jets offensive coordinator John Morton said. "He’s a force. We’re going to have to make sure that we take care of him and not let him ruin the game."