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Published: Sun, August 06, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Joe Thomas impressed with Myles Garrett, helping him improve

Joe Thomas impressed with Myles Garrett, helping him improve

"You're going to get better each day by doing that". "He's doing a good job".

Smith thinks Thomas could really help prepare Garrett for his first season and also aid in his development into an elite player which the 10-time Pro Bowler doesn't mind. He could have sacked Cody Kessler had Kessler been an opposing quarterback, although Kessler was able to get the screen pass off and complete it to Isaiah Crowell.

After facing Garrett, Thomas said, "It is easy to see why he was the consensus first overall pick". Then, (offensive guard Joel) Bitonio came and basically stopped me in my tracks. I heard Joe whisper to me, 'nice try.' That's going against one of the world's best. "Gotta do it every day and keep getting better".

Thomas is easing his way into the season.

And it didn't happen on Wednesday when the 2 faced off for the first time in training camp either.

Smith summed up his impression of the draft's first overall pick by saying that he is "off to a great start".

Garrett isn't taking his relationship with Smith for granted. After the play, Joe said he "had a friendly banter" with the "rookie".

Smith said teaching Garrett comes naturally. "From my perspective I can let him know what is hard on a tackle, what makes my job difficult when he does certain things".

In the end, it doesn't matter whose idea it was to promote Garrett.

NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala noted that Garrett stayed long after practice ended to sign autographs for a fan base given very heroes to root for since Cleveland's return to the league in 1999. He says Garrett is open to advice, and that should be beneficial to the Browns. Why was Smith helping the Browns?

"I don't believe that I was as receptive as a rookie as he is", Smith said. "This young man is mature beyond his years, and that's a tribute to his humbleness and his upbringing by his parents".

"I got a chance to watch OTAs and one of the practices he was in he ran around, and it was probably something that nobody else would've noticed, but the ball got thrown and he sprinted down the field like 50 yards to chase the ball", Thomas said. Smith was asked about their initial meeting, and he admitted to telling Garrett that he's occasionally slow off the ball.

Thomas and Garrett did not square off against one another on day seven of Cleveland Browns training camp on Thursday.

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