Browns DC Gregg Williams Wants to Prevent Myles Garrett from Overworking Himself

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2018

Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams walks on the sideline during an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Cleveland. The Packers won 27-21 in overtime. (AP Photo/David Richard)
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Cleveland Browns pass-rusher Myles Garrett spent much of his rookie season battling injuries.

Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams hopes to keep Garrett healthy by holding the eager young star back from overworking himself. 

"He is one of the few guys that I have had to coach that I know I am going to have to keep my hand on to hold back," Williams said, per Pat McManamon of ESPN.com. "One of the things with him is his overworking. He works so hard because he does not want to be good; he wants to be great.

"Sometimes he can be his own worst enemy in that respect because he works so hard physically that he has to do a good job with recovery also. The next thing is this—and he knows—if he stays healthy, watch out."

Garrett, 22, recorded 31 tackles and seven sacks during his rookie season. He missed five games due to injury and spent a number of others battling minor bumps and bruises. Selected first overall in the 2017 draft, the expectations for Garrett in Cleveland are for him to develop into a generational pass-rusher.

Garrett said he's worked this offseason on becoming a more well-rounded pass-rusher.

"I feel like I was just a little slow with my hands and not as good as I wanted to be last year with disengaging with the offensive linemen," Garrett said. "I think that I have really improved."

From a production standpoint, Garrett was far from average during his rookie campaign. His 16-game splits would translate to a 10-sack season. Considering the fact he played much of the campaign at less than full capacity, there's little reason to think Garrett will be anything less than a star next season.

Health appears to be the top priority for all parties involved. 

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