“It took me eight years” to find a teammate like him in Myles Garrett
Jadeveon Clowney is healthy and happy after a week of minicamp practice in Cleveland.
It’s June, the perfect season for the happiness of a soccer honeymoon phase, and Clowney has found a running mate with the Browns: Myles Garrett. Having established himself as the physical freak with every team he has played for in his career, Clowney is no longer alone as a wonderful specimen.
“It’s funny,” Clowney said after his first practice with Garrett, via Tom Withers of Associated Press. “I haven’t met a lot of guys like that in the National Football League yet. It took me eight years to get here to find another like that, in defense, anyway.”
So far, all has been going well for Clowney, Garrett and the Browns, who have only worked together in shorts and helmets, but seem to get along pretty quickly.
Defensive coordinator Joe Woods likes to move his defensive linemen around to create unusual shifts and confusion for opposing blockers. It’s not that rare to see Garrett suddenly line up in a 3-way technique with the opportunity to face a guard or team up with another defender in a stunt to create a clear path for the quarterback. With Clowney now in the mix, opposing offenses could be facing a front with the two lined up next to each other, with the addition of free agent Takkarist McKinley potentially the vacant rusher in front of them. .
Clowney said he’s open to whatever Woods has planned for him and Garrett. After an abridged no-takedown season, he seems content to join a contending team that won’t immediately turn attention to him solely because of his presence on the pitch.
“I thrive on moving, but I thrive on moving forward,” he said. “You understand?”
From 2017 to 2020, Clowney and Garrett recorded 64 combined bags, and that’s with Clowney’s 2020 bagless season included. When Garrett played on the same front as another effective rusher – in 2020 it was Olivier Vernon, who had a good rebound – he was very productive, registering 12 sacks before COVID-19 hit him. flies its peak aerobic performance.
With Garrett on one side, Clowney knows the defenses won’t be able to consistently overtake them. Most importantly, he’s just happy to be healthy and back to work.
“The thing about me, man, is I love to have fun no matter what team I’m on or where I’m going,” Clowney said. “I’m a excited guy. I know it’s a job, but I’m trying to say it’s football first. I still love playing football. It’s not really a job.
“We have the best job in the world. Why don’t you put a smile on your face when you’re out there running and they pay you for it and I play for free?”
He might not be playing for free, but Clowney is playing for a lot less than his market demanded less than two years ago. It seems money isn’t as much of a motivator, at least not after Clowney wasn’t wasting much time signing with Cleveland after a visit to the team this spring.
Instead, Clowney will be motivated by the idea of chasing a quarterback. With Garrett by his side, these activities might end up getting a lot easier.