However, the college star acknowledged Friday he alone can’t turn around the Browns’ fortunes, saying “one person can’t win games.”
“It takes a culmination of all these guys coming together and just having the attitude that we’re not going to lose. And that’s what we’re going to do. I can’t be a savior,” Garrett said, according to Marc Sessler of NFL.com. “But I can be the best I can be. I can give it my all and make plays and dominate my side of the field, but it takes all 11 guys with a certain thought process that we’re going to go out there and we’re going to win.”
Only the Oakland Raiders had less sacks than the Browns in 2016. Garrett’s dynamic skill set means he should be able to change that from Day 1, and the former Texas A&M standout made headlines by saying he planned to make Ben Roethlisberger his first sack when the Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers face off in Week 1.
The pass rusher’s prediction drew some criticism, and he acknowledged he must perform if he’s to call out NFL veterans.
“You just gotta back up your words. Don’t be scared from it or don’t shy from it,” Garrett said. “Make sure, if you’re willing to say something, that you worked hard enough and prepared well enough to back those things up.”
Cleveland hasn’t posted a winning record since 2007, and though they’ve made positive moves over the past year – highlighted by the Garrett selection – they still appear far from competing for a playoff spot.
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