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Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett has respect, attention of Los Angeles Chargers

CLEVELAND — Second-year Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has proven that when healthy, he can be the type of difference-making player the organization thought it was getting with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Because of Garrett’s productivity over the first five weeks of the 2018 regular season, he has garnered plenty of attention, as well as respect, from opponents, including the Los Angeles Chargers, who will play the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday.

“The biggest difference is you are seeing other people get more involved winning one-on-ones, and you just can’t always slide the protection to Myles,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said.

“There are going to be sometimes when you’ve got to leave him out there, one-on-one, with the tackle — we have a pretty good tackle — but that is not a good thing to do all day with a guy like Myles. He is an elite rusher, and he can do so many things. He defends the run as well as he rushes the passer.”

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The NFL’s senior vice president of officiating said Monday that Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett should not have been penalized for roughing the passer on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in Sunday’s 21-21 tie.

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Through the first five games of the 2018 season, Garrett registered 21 total tackles, including 17 solo stops and four assists, five sacks for 23.5 lost yards, two passes defended and two forced fumbles, both of which were recovered by the Browns in a 21-21 tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Currently, Garrett is tied for fourth for the most sacks (12) among active players in the first 16 regular-season games. Those 12 sacks rank first among all Browns rookies through the first 16 games of his career.

“He has even improved,” Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said in a conference call with the Cleveland media. “I think the thing that impresses me is his ability. He is not just your ‘line up at end and rush.’

“He can do that with the best of them, but his ability when he is stemming down to the A gap and doing so many different things in there in the blitz packages, he still finds a way. Relentlessly rushing. He finds a way to try and get back there to the quarterback and has done that however many times this year. He is an every-down player, and obviously, a big part of that defense.”

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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) and defensive back Derrick Kindred (26) cause a fumble by Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

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Garrett enters Sunday’s game against the Chargers tied for fifth in the league with five sacks and tied for third in forced fumbles.

Along with Garrett, only Chicago Bears hybrid defensive lineman Khalil Mack and Houston Texans end J.J. Watt have at least five sacks and multiple forced fumbles this season. Garrett and Hall of Fame defensive lineman Bruce Smith are the only No. 1 overall picks in the NFL Draft to have at least five sacks and multiple forced fumbles over the first five games of the season.

“You want to know where guys like that are, so you can be aware, and so, you can try to do what you can to handle them if you need to do anything extra protection-wise,” Rivers said. “Then, you have to go play because there are the other 10 there that are doing their jobs as well.”

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With Garrett serving as a catalyst, the Browns have generated the most takeaways in the league and rank second in opponents’ negative plays.

“They have some good complements to him,” Lynn said. “When that happens, you are going to make plays. Coach (Gregg Williams) is putting the guys in the right positions to make those plays. They are leading the league right now, so that is dangerous.”

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