Top pick Garrett set to make NFL debut


The Browns need a win badly, and though Jackson has tried to temper expectations of Garrett as he debuts, the No. 1 overall pick will have a chance to be an immediate impact player for a defense that's struggled in the past three games and has just nine sacks on the season.

"It's special", he said about the prospect of a Game 1 sack. "Don't make the moment bigger than it is".

"I think he is going to play well for us just seeing him out at practice". Garrett missed the first four games of the regular season after spraining his ankle in a September 6 practice.

"Where he came from, the system and some of the verbiage is similar", Jackson said of Philadelphia's offense. There's been a really good look in his eye. "Have to play better in the second quarter". "We have to go out and play and play better, especially in the second quarter", Williams said.

Although the cold Garrett had last week has cleared up, he admitted his ankle still isn't 100 percent healthy.

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"He looks like himself", linebacker Christian Kirksey said.

"Am I peak? No, but it's good enough for me", he said. "I can bend. If I can do that, I can be out there and I can make a difference". "We're just going to try and do our job and slow him down a little bit".

"It's always fun for fans and the media to have that narrative because it gives you guys something to talk about", Thomas told Manish Mehta of the Daily News.

Williams will also have defensive tackle Danny Shelton (calf) back, meaning he'll have his two first-round defenders on the field together for the first time ever. And like a lot of rookie defenders who have dreamed of playing in the National Football League for decades, he knows exactly how he wants to commemorate his first game: with a sack.

Everyone, including Garrett, is excited to see what he'll be able to bring to the Browns after racking up 32 1/2 sacks in 2 seasons at Texas A&M.