With high praise comes high expectations. Myles Garrett is learning that already in his very young NFL career. With two full months until the 2017 NFL preseason officially begins, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns is far from being 100 percent healthy. Should Browns fans be concerned, or is this just another example of the media making a mountain out of a molehill?
Cleveland.com is reporting that Garrett remained limited in the second week of OTAs with what a source is reporting, as only Garrett is suffering from a sore foot. Garrett sat out Wednesday’s practice session, which just so happened to be the only one of the week open to the media. While Garrett was limited on Wednesday to upper-body work with trainers and the other injured players, he is expected to miss only one of the three practices this week, reportedly for precautionary reasons.
Browns head coach Hue Jackson isn’t worried about his new defensive end at all.
“I just want to take it easy, make sure that we’re getting there,” coach Hue Jackson said after practice. “He did practice yesterday, first of all, let me confirm that. Did a good job yesterday, and he’ll practice tomorrow. But he’s doing good. Excited about him being out there yesterday and he’s looking forward to getting back out tomorrow.”
Jackson said the current ailment Garrett is suffering from has nothing do with the high ankle sprain that plagued him last season at Texas A&M, and he believes that Garrett is “right on track” for where he should be as the Browns prepare for the new season. Browns fans are hoping that is true, especially since Garrett was an unstoppable force in college.
“It’s nothing major,” said Jackson. “So I think we’re right where we need to be. He’s done a good job. He looked good yesterday. We’ll get him back out there tomorrow. I know you guys want to see him in the worst way. We picked the wrong day to have an off day. That’s why I’ve got to answer all these questions. But, no, he’s doing fine.”
In his three seasons at Texas A&M, Garrett recorded 47 tackles for losses along with 31 sacks. Those are impressive numbers for a three-year player in a major conference. The Browns official rookie mini-camp is scheduled to take place on May 12-14.
In other NFL news, Colin Kaepernick may not be on any team’s roster at the moment, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t growing in popularity.
Pro Football Talk indicates that while many NFL owners may be shying away from signing Colin Kaepernick because they fear a fan backlash, it may be worth considering how many fans a team will gain if it signs Kaepernick. Kaepernick, a former starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers revealed on social media today that he’s been inundated with fan mail.
“I want to thank the people for the support! My parents sent me these photos yesterday and continue to receive dollies full of mail in support! I couldn’t do this without the people, I love you,” Kaepernick wrote.
All of that mail is not the first piece of evidence that shows Kaepernick has a big fan base. Last September, shortly after Kaepernick began his national anthem protest, NFL Shop revealed that Kaepernick’s jersey was the league’s top-selling piece of merchandise.
The problem is Colin Kaepernick did something that a lot of people disagree with as a country when he refused to stand for the national anthem — and you can’t blame the pubic for being upset. However, Kaepernick has the right to not stand during the national anthem as well. Here is the truth when it comes to sports: It brings people together in a great way. You can boo or cheer for which ever team or player you like. One person is a hero, while the other is the villain. If and when Kapernick gets a chance to lead a team again, all would be forgotten if he can help his team earn more victories than losses.
It is inevitable, Kaepernick will get signed by an NFL team this season. One or more teams will be in need of help at quarterback. It happens every season. The only real question is where Kaepernick will once again suit up.
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