CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Leading up to games the matchup often most talked about or that gets the headlines are the quarterbacks.
See Monday night’s game between the Chiefs and Ravens which is being billed as Patrick Mahomes vs. Lamar Jackson.
This week for the Washington Football Team and Browns the hype isn’t about Baker Mayfield against Dwayne Haskins. It’s Browns defensive end Myles Garrett and Washington rookie defensive end Chase Young.
“I want to be the best player on the field in any given game,” Garrett said Friday during a Zoom video conference with reporters. “Whoever the best player is, I’m going to be matched up against them.”
Disruption is the name of Garrett’s game. And two games into his career, it appears to be Young’s too.
Garrett bagged his first QB of the season last week against Cincinnati giving him 31.5 sacks for his career, the third-most by an active player and eighth-most in NFL history in 39 games or less.
That sack against the Bengals was a big one too.
Garrett swiped the football out of Joe Burrow’s right hand creating a turnover that helped swing the game back in the Browns direction after Cincinnati had just pulled off an impressive goal-line stand. It was the seventh forced fumble of Garrett’s young career.
“I want to be part of the reason we win every game,” Garrett said. “We’re going to need more of those more frequently.”
In just two games for Washington, Young has already registered 2.5 sacks and Garrett has no doubt Young will bring the heat Sunday against an improved Browns offensive line that didn’t allow a sack last week.
“I think he looks good,” Garrett said. “He’s 2.5 sacks deep already and that’s a good pace for the first two [games]. When you’re on a roll, you want to stay on a roll so they’re going to look to fee the hot hand and the young fella so he’s going to go out there with a little chip on his shoulder.”
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 draft already has Garrett’s respect.
“I like his game,” Garrett said. “He has good timing off the ball and has good hands and he’s tenacious when he’s going after the pass. He’s definitely not a bad run defender so he’s a pretty complete player.”