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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’ Myles Jack Looking to Take on Bigger Role in 2019

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Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack is looking to step up in 2019 by becoming more vocal on the field, and being more of a leaders on the defensive side of the ball.

In fact, Jack is hoping to become a second coach on the field.

“My goal this offseason was to become a second coach on the field,” Jack said, according to the Jaguars official website “My role in this defense is, No. 1, just get everybody lined up – lead by example and just kind of be someone everyone can lean on.”

“l get vocal if necessary. I have no problem speaking up. But I feel like my position going into Year 4 is I need to be the staple where if someone doesn’t know something I can be the encyclopedia.”

Jack certainly has been a leader with his performance and is coming off a solid 2018 season where he racked up 102 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 1 interception.

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Ravens’ Earl Thomas Praises Lamar Jackson

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Baltimore Ravens new superstar safety Earl Thomas has been impressed with the play of quarterback Lamar Jackson and believes he can reach star status in the near future.

“He’s a star in the making,” Thomas said, according to ESPN. “Box office.”

Jackson has been hard at work this offseason so that he can take a big step up in his 2nd year of action.

“I got better with my fundamentals, but I’m not perfect,” Jackson said. “So I’m going to keep working on it always. You’re never too great, so I have to keep going.”

“I’ve just been working hard, trying to perfect my craft,” Jackson said when asked to assess his three-day minicamp. “I’m trying to be the best that I can be to help my team win games, get in great situations. I feel I was very productive.”

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Jaguars’ Nick Foles Believes Leonard Fournette is Dual Threat

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles is encouraged about what he has seen from running back Leonard Fournette in the passing game, believing that he can have a big season in 2019.

After a rough 2018 season, that included heavy criticism, Leonard could use some positive reinforcement, and Foles, his new quarterback, is giving him just that.

“That’s a threat,” Foles said,according to Jaguars.com. “If you ask any defender, when a running back can go out of the backfield and not only run the ball and protect, but he can receive, that’s really tough on a defense.

“I’ve been blessed to play with a lot of great running backs in my career that have made me look good because what they can do and there is nothing better than throwing the ball to a running back and letting him miss a guy. That’s what I love about backs. If you can catch, you can do so many different things. You can have a lot of fun out there.”

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