Defensive end Myles Garrett would like to see the Cleveland Browns defense improve after giving up 33 points in a Week 1 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and 21 points in the Week 2 win over the Houston Texans.
Garrett has one of the team’s three total sacks, which is tied for 23rd-best in the NFL.
On Friday, a reporter asked Garrett what it’s like to rewatch the film and see himself or his teammates get so close to making a big play.
“For me, it’s tough watching my teammates not be able to make a play because when I see an offense keying on me with chips and stuff like that, I’m just like ‘Well they’re taking a player out of the play to stop me, so we have one-on-one,’” Garrett said. “And to see that they’re not making a play, it’s kind of frustrating because I want to see them go out there and make big plays, and we got to get there.
“I’m trying to take two or three men, however many, to take out of the pass or the run, so we have to take advantage of that.”
Garrett acknowledged opposing offenses aren’t always going to hone in on him.
“They’re going to do that for other players as soon as they step up and start making big plays, but right now, we all have to make plays,” Garrett said. “We all have to earn that respect.”
Through two games this season, Garrett has seven tackles.
Garrett mentioned several defensive tactics the Browns could use if teams continue to double team, triple team, chip or cut block him.
“Games, stunts, blitzes,” Garrett said. “They’re just trying to mix up the front so that they can’t just get a key on me on one side or the other because no matter where I’m to the left or the right, they were having someone sit and waiting on me.”
The Bears signed Peters, 39, in August once they found out second-round draft pick Teven Jenkins would need back surgery.
“I’m still healthy, so I think they’ll give me the same kind of respect, but I mean they have a Hall of Famer over there in Peters,” Garrett said.
Garrett and Ifedi were college teammates at Texas A&M in 2014 and 2015.
“They have Ifedi, who I know pretty well,” Garrett said. “So, we’ll be able to reunite and see if we can lay on the quarterback together.”`
A reporter asked Garrett if the Texans did anything different against him in Week 2.
“Ya’ll saw it. I don’t think I’ve ever been chipped so much in my life,” Garrett said. “They pay me too much money and that left tackle over there, (Laremy) Tunsil, too much money to mess up the show we were supposed to have 1-on-1, but I mean I got to expect this and we got to adjust to it.”