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Browns’ Myles Garrett Expecting Big Year

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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett is setting the bar high for himself as the team heads towards the 2018 season with big expectations.

“Ten times better (than 2017), 15 times better,” Garrett said, according to ESPN’s Pat McManamon.

One of those goals is for a healthy season after missing 5 games during his rookie campaign.

“The best quality is availability,” Garrett said during the Browns’ minicamp. “I have to be present.”

Browns general manager John Dorsey has given Garrett tape on Carolina Panthers defensive lineman Julius Peppers, showing how Peppers became so dominant, as both players have similar builds and play styles.

“I think that is the challenge maybe John was serving up, and it is no different a challenge than if I would go to Myles,” Browns head coach Hue Jackson said. “‘You are supposed to be one of the best players in this league. Go be it every week.'”

“He is one of the few guys that I have had to coach that I know I am going to have to keep my hand on to hold back,” Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said. “One of the things with him is his overworking. He works so hard because he does not want to be good; he wants to be great.

“Sometimes he can be his own worst enemy in that respect because he works so hard physically that he has to do a good job with recovery also. The next thing is this — and he knows — if he stays healthy, watch out.”

Garrett feels that he has made strides this offseason and has improved in key areas.

“I feel like I was just a little slow with my hands and not as good as I wanted to be last year with disengaging with the offensive linemen,” Garrett said. “I think that I have really improved.”

 

 

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Jaguars’ Ereck Flowers Feels He’s In Better Situation than with Giants

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Jacksonville Jaguars newly acquired tackle Ereck Flowers, who infamously flopped for his former team the New York Giants, believes that the Jags will present a “better fit” for him than the Giants presented.

“Great opportunities, great team and I’m happy to be here,” Flowers said,according to the Florida Times-Union. “Definitely a fresh start for me. I like it here, man. I think this will be a better fit. They have a great locker room, great guys. I’m grateful to be here.”

While the Giants gave up on Flowers, despite his high draft status, the Jags are hopeful Flowers can contribute.

“Make no mistake about it, if we feel someone can help us or making a change is better for us, then we will do that,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said. “That is everywhere. It is hard when the whole team is not playing well.”

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Texans’ Bill O’Brien Calls for Jadeveon Clowney to Limit Penalties

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Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien is calling on Jadeveon Clowney to clean up the penalties he is getting flagged for this season, and balance the aggressiveness that he brings to the field out with a bit more control.

Clowney has been flagged 8 times during 6 games and has notched 13 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery thus far this season.

“Guys that play like he does – he plays the game in a really attacking way, and so people are going to use their cadence against him and he’s just got to be really focused on that” O’Brien said, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“Then, the taunting call, like somebody asked me if I’m going to – yeah, I’ll talk to him about it, but I’m not going to go down the road of what. I think he just was just kind of messing around with the guy, but you can’t do that. You can’t do that, and that’s what they called and we’ll make sure that he knows not to do that anymore.”

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Texans’ Deshaun Watson Downplays Injuries

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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is downplaying battling through a broken rib and partially collapsed lung, despite teammates noticing that the signal caller was in a lot of significant pain.

According to the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, Watson has stated that everything “was fine” and said that he wasn’t in any pain.

Watson suffered the injuries during the Texans victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5 and played with the injuries during their win over the Buffalo Bills the following week, which he downplayed.

 

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