The Steelers open the 2018 regular season on the road against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday, and the Browns have plenty to say about Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Cameron Heyward and more.
Myles Garrett, the Browns No. 1 pick and the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, spoke about Roethlisberger last year right after he was drafted, saying, “I’m coming for him.” But Garrett suffered a high ankle sprain and missed last year’s opener against the Steelers, and Roethlisberger didn’t play in the season-finale against the Browns last year.
Now Garrett is getting his chance again to play against a quarterback he had words of praise for.
“He is a multiple-time Super Bowl champion,” said Garrett. “He has played on a high level consistently for years. You have to be able to respect greatness when you see it. I just have to seize the opportunity to usurp in that position. You have to be able to respect it, but do not be afraid of it and do not be afraid of that moment.”
Garrett didn’t show fear, but rather had fun over the summer in a video spoof of the television show, ‘The Office,’ where the character he played shredded a picture of Roethlisberger.
“Just a joke,” said Garrett. “I am here to have a little bit of fun and play some football. It goes along with what I am trying to do so I had no problem doing it.”
More from the Browns:
QB Tyrod Taylor on the Steelers overall:
“Very athletic group across the board at every position. It is going to boil down to us making sure that we are detailed in our execution, and of course, protecting the football and establishing the run to get everything else going. A very talented defense that we are going to face. It is going to boil down to our execution.”
Chris Hubbard on playing for Mike Tomlin:
“It is fun. He is a players’ coach. He is always going to be around the guys. Definitely, he is always disciplined. He is always a disciplined guy. He is smart. He knows what he is talking about. He is there for a reason.”
Taylor on what makes the Steelers organization good:
“They are rich in tradition, had a bunch of winning teams over the years and a bunch of good players as well, too. Hats off to those guys for being able to win the games that they have had over the past couple of years. I would say just hard-nose football, a very physical team. Walking into the stadium, you have to out-physical them to have a chance, and if you do not do that, then your chances are very slim.”
Coach Hue Jackson on playing the Steelers:
“There is always just an extra emphasis playing the Pittsburgh Steelers. That within itself tells you that you have to buckle up, cross the t’s, dot all the i’s and be ready to go.”
Taylor on Cameron Heyward:
“He has a high motor. He is very physical at the line. He does a good job of being persistent in his rush, as well as fighting off blocks to get to the right. We have to be detailed in our approach with him and handle him appropriately.”
Jackson on Antonio Brown:
“Antonio is a tremendous football player, one of the best in this league at playing wide receiver. We are going to have to always know where he is and what he is attempting to do, and we have to get him shut down. We all have to do it as a defense. That is going to be important throughout this game.”
Hubbard on not having animosity about not being signed back by the Steelers:
“That is right. There is no animosity there. I wanted to play, I wanted to start and then I get to help my family out tremendously.”