BEREA, Ohio — It may be a blessing in disguise for Browns rookie left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. that Myles Garrett sat out the first five days of training camp with a hamstring injury.
It meant that Wills didn’t have to try to tame the ferocious beast that is Garrett in his first three days in pads.
That will change today when Garrett returns to team drills for the first time.
“I’m going to introduce him to the NFL,‘’ Garrett said with a smile.
He said he won’t dial anything back for Wills because he knows he has to get him ready to play against the best defensive ends in the NFL. If Wills can handle Garrett, he can handle just about anything.
“I’m going to give him everything I’ve got to give him a feel for what it’s like in games,’’ he said.
By the same token, Garrett doesn’t want Wills to get discouraged by the power and explosiveness he’s about to experience. As it is, Garrett watched him get beat a few times by Olivier Vernon early on in camp, and seemingly get a little down about it.
“Don’t allow a couple of plays to keep you from getting where you want to go,’’ he said.
He noted that Vernon is also one of the premier defensive ends in the NFL, and that he’s got years of experience and a Pro Bowl on him. The Browns used Vernon in Garrett’s spot the first few days, and then moved him back over to left end and replaced Garrett with Porter Gustin.
They’ll probably continue to move the ends around to give Wills different looks.
Garrett also said he’s been bored standing around the first five days and can’t wait to get back out there.
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