Set to play in his first-ever NFL affair, the pass-rushing No. 1 pick in the draft made it clear he's determined to wreak havoc.
"It doesn't matter if it's preseason or a scrimmage," Garrett said, per The Plain Dealer. "I'm trying to have a dominant performance, whether it's preseason first series or whenever I get out there."
"You've spent most of your life looking up to those guys and watching them play, watching them make big plays, not only in the regular season but in the playoffs and Super Bowls," Garrett said. "But now, idolizing them is over. It's time to show that you're in their class and you can play with the big boys."
Said Garrett: "They don't have much film to go off of, at least not of me now, and they don't know what I have to offer. So I'm looking forward to sending a message through this first game."
There's nothing unusual about a young player speaking with confidence about the challenge ahead, but it's unusual coming out of Cleveland.
Save for a few months of worthless "wreck-this-league" hot air from Johnny Manziel, Cleveland hasn't had a first-year player show anything close to this brand of off-the-field moxie in eons. After Garrett's lightning-quick progress as a player this summer, it's fair to wonder if the Browns finally have someone to back up the talk.