Pro Football Focus has named three Cleveland Browns players to its first-quarter All-Pro team.
PFF’s Sam Monson listed edge rusher Myles Garrett, right guard Wyatt Teller and right tackle Jack Conklin on his list.
Monson named center J.C. Tretter and cornerback Denzel Ward to PFF’s second team.
Here’s a breakdown of the Browns named to Monson’s first team:
PFF's All-Pro team after 4 weeks.
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1. Myles Garrett
During the first four games of the 2020 season, Garrett has started to build his case to win Defensive Player of the Year.
Garrett is tied for the league lead with five sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Here’s what Monson wrote about Garrett:
“The only edge rusher with a higher PFF pass-rushing grade than T.J. Watt is Myles Garrett. With an extra game under his belt compared to his divisional foe, Garrett leads the NFL in total pressures, with 27. He trails only Watt and Khalil Mack in pass-rush win rate (23.1) and has an absurd three forced fumbles in four games. Not to mention, his five sacks are tied with Za’Darius Smith‘s total for the most in the NFL. Garrett was playing at this level last season before being suspended for the second half of the year, but he looks set to play an entire campaign as a truly dominant edge rusher.”
Garrett has recorded at least one sack and one forced fumble in three consecutive games.
Through the first quarter of the season, Garrett has proven why he’s worth he was worth a five-year, $125 million contract extension.
2. Wyatt Teller
Teller won the starting right guard position after competing in the offseason with rookie Nick Harris and veteran swing tackle Chris Hubbard.
It came after several Browns offensive linemen — Drew Forbes, Colby Gossett, Malcolm Pridgeon and Drake Dorbeck — opted out of the season.
Here is what Monson wrote about Teller:
“One of the biggest surprise performances of the season has been the play of Wyatt Teller at right guard for the Browns. Teller had the best PFF grade of any player at any position in Week 4, but he has been excellent even outside of that game — he’s been a different player to anything we have seen from him in his career before this season. Teller’s overall PFF grade is 94.1, and he has allowed just three hurries across three games while dominating on the ground. The worst run-blocking grade of his season is 78.7, with the other three being at least 84.0. Teller has been a huge part of Cleveland’s offensive success.”
The Browns are off to a 3-1 start for the first time since 2001.
Cleveland’s wins so far this season have come because of the dominance of the running game.
Through the first weeks of the season, the Browns ranked first in the NFL in rushing (818 yards), yards per carry (5.9) and rushing touchdowns (eight).
3. Jack Conklin
Conklin and first-round pick Jedrick Wills highlighted the Browns’ offseason upgrades on the offensive line.
So far, it looks like the Browns made a smart decision in signing Conklin to a three-year contract worth up to $42 million with $30 million guaranteed.
Here is what Monson wrote about Conklin:
“Along with Teller, the arrival of Jack Conklin has transformed Cleveland’s offensive line. Jedrick Wills Jr. has held up well on the other side of the line at left tackle, but Jack Conklin was made for this offensive system and has been able to bulldoze players on the ground, especially with combination blocks with Teller inside. Conklin has also been good as a pass-blocker, allowing four total pressures across four games. This is always likely to be the weaker part of his game, but he is on course for the second-best PFF pass-blocking grade of his career.”