Home Gym – Browns rookie Greg Newsome on Myles Garrett’s workout posts: ‘He’s a freak; he’s definitely setting the bar’
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Browns fist-round cornerback Greg Newsome watched Myles Garrett’s superhuman workout videos in the days before rookie minicamp and it helped get his game face on.
“Yeah, I definitely see him,’’ Newsome said on Zoom after the first rookie minicamp practice. “He’s a freak. I can’t wait to play with a guy like that, especially a guy like Myles Garrett where I will not have to cover for too long. I just have to do my job. He’s definitely setting the bar and showing he’s ready to go.
“Whenever we get the pads on, he’s going to be ready to go. How hard he works, it kind of shows me how hard I need to work all of the time to be a as successful as a player like that.”
Newsome got plenty of one-on-one coaching on the first day of rookie minicamp Friday, but knows he’ll soon have to share. Some of the veteran defensive backs will be in Berea to rehab from injuries and others might decide to participate in OTAs.
The Browns are one of many teams whose players have collectively decided to skip in-person OTAs amid the pandemic upon the advice of the NFLPA and its president JC Tretter. But some players around the league might be having second thoughts after the Broncos cut right tackle Ja’Wuan James after he suffered a season-ending ruptured Achilles tendon in a workout away from the team facility.
James is out the $10 million-plus he was owed this season, and the NFL has reminded teams it doesn’t have to pay players hurt away from the team.
“I’ll never have this one-on-one coaching ever again pretty much,’’ Newsome said. “The fact that I’m getting it right now and before the vets get here is just giving me an edge. When the vets get here, I’ll at least know what I’m doing and will not be a rookie who doesn’t know anything. … I enjoy having that one-on-one coaching, but I know starting next week when the vets start coming back that I am going to have to be able to do it on my own.”
Newsome said a few of his fellow secondary mates reached out to him and could be back in Berea soon. Safety Grant Delpit (ruptured Achilles) and cornerback Greedy Williams (shoulder) might continue their rehab here.
“A few … texted me and congratulated me and then just saying they are ready to get to work,’’ Newsome said. “Hopefully, I’m seeing some of them next week. They reached out, and I can’t wait to get to work with those guys.”
As for other veterans trickling in, he said, “I haven’t really talked to too many of them. Some will probably be in the building just because they’re tired from being at home.”
Coach Kevin Stefanski is also going with the flow.
“The rookies will stay here so they’ll be back in the building on Monday,’’ he said. “Past that, I’m going to just control what I can control, and I think we’ll learn more as we go.”
Newsome says he had an OK day
Newsome was happy with his first NFL practice. With only 18 players on hand, it was a light workout with individual drills and a walk-through, but Newsome got his first feel for the pro game.
“It was great,’’ he said. “I was trying to embrace the moment, and I had to realize myself that this was my first NFL practice. It felt great to be out there with the guys, just getting around them and learning new techniques and coverages. Overall, I thought Day 1 went well.
“I think I had an OK day. I definitely made some mistakes, just getting used to different techniques and things like that. I do not consider making mistakes is OK … I have two more practices, and I’ll be ready to fix those.”
Newsome is focused on learning from the vets when they arrive.
“My goal honestly is just to do whatever I can to help the team win,’’ he said. “Obviously, I’d love to start at corner. I think any corner in the room would love to be a starting corner. At the end of the day, if I’m helping the team win, that is all I can ask for.
“I’m definitely going to try to learn from those guys like Greedy, Troy Hill and Denzel (Ward). There are a lot of guys in that room so I am just going to try to learn from them and get better each and every day so on Sundays, whatever coach needs me to do, I will be able to do it.”
Newsome enjoyed meeting Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
Newsome and Owusu-Koramoah both figure to make a big impact as rookies.
“This was my first day really meeting him, but he’s a cool dude, making jokes and stuff so we will definitely have a great relationship,’’ Newsome said. “Playing alongside a guy like that who is super versatile, he can cover tight ends and cover receivers and he will come down and hit you. It is going to be so much fun playing with a guy like that. You can just tell just in his voice and how he talks that he is a natural-born leader. I think we will work very well together.”
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