CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, right tackle Jack Conklin and left guard Joel Bitonio were named to the All-NFL team by the Pro Football Writers of America Monday.
All three players were also named to the All-AFC team along with running back Nick Chubb.
Garrett and Conklin were named to the AP All-Pro first team last week. Bitonio was named to the second team along with right guard Wyatt Teller.
Garrett was named to his second Pro Bowl along with Bitonio, his third. Chubb was also named a Pro Bowler.
Best in the biz – Center JC Tretter offered high praise for Chubb and Kareem Hunt Monday.
“They are two No. 1 backs in this league,” Tretter said. “I think Nick is arguably the best runner in football with what he is able to do with the ball in his hands, the physicality and the speed he can run with. Kareem is so versatile as a football player, being able to run, being able to be utilized out of the backfield and utilized in the slot as receiver. They just let us do so much. It is nice having no real drop-off when one of them has to go out because you have another No. 1 back coming in.”
Chubb appreciated the compliment from Tretter, referring to him as “probably the smartest person in football.”
“He probably knows what he is talking about, I guess,” Chubb said. “I appreciate it a lot, but it is because of him and those guys up front that make it possible.”
Worst critic – The Browns would not have made it to the divisional round without Chubb’s contributions this season but the back lamented mistakes Sunday in Kansas City, including a pair of dropped passes.
“It was tough,” Chubb said. “It did not go my way at all. Can only learn from it. It happened. I am just mad at myself because that is something I worked so hard to improve on was catching the ball in the offseason, and up until yesterday, it has been working for me. I can only learn from it and get back to work, and when the time comes again, be ready for it.”
Good news – Rookie left tackle Jedrick Wills will not require surgery but will require a few weeks to rehab according to head coach Kevin Stefanski.
“Ultimately, not serious,” Stefanski said. “It will be a couple of weeks of rehab but not surgery related.”
Wills suffered an ankle injury on the first offensive snap of Sunday’s 22-17 loss to the Chiefs.
Rehab update – Odell Beckham Jr., Greedy Williams and Grant Delpit all continue to rehab from season-ending injuries and all three players are expected to make a full recovery and return for the 2021 season according to Stefanski.
Stefanski texted with Beckham, who is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in Week 7, Monday.
“I know he is working really hard to get better in his rehab,” Stefanski said. “I am excited to get him back here. I know it was not easy for him being away from his teammates, especially as these games got bigger and into the playoffs. I know he definitely wanted to be a part of it.”
Delpit ruptured his Achilles during training camp and Williams suffered a shoulder injury. Nerve damage kept him off the field.
“I am excited about both of those guys,” Stefanski said. “Unfortunate injuries. They are just going to continue to rehab and work through those injuries. That is the exciting part for us is to get some of those guys back next season.”
Come back – Stefanski indicated Monday that his coaching staff will return in its entirety for the 2021 season and he does not plan to make changes.
“I do expect the coaching staff back next season,” Stefanski said. “Again, really proud of this group. They worked very, very hard in some tough circumstances. People stepped up when some of us were out. Really, I loved the way our group worked together and were very much trying to solve problems in the season as they came about.”
Futures deals – The Browns signed 14 players to reserve/futures deals Monday.
Safety Elijah Benton, receivers Ja’Marcus Bradley and Derrick Willies, tight ends Jordan Franks and Kyle Markway, cornerback A.J. Green, guard Cordel Iwuagwu, quarterback Kyle Lauletta, defensive end Cameron Malveaux, kicker Matt McCrane, linebacker Montrel Meander, center Javon Patterson, fullback Johnny Stanton and tackle Alex Taylor.
All 14 players were members of the team’s practice squad.