, Ohio (AP) — Schobert’s interview session and then took his place at the podium — shirtless.Pro Bowlers can do whatever they want.The former No. 1 overall pick earned his first — and probably not his last — Pro Bowl selection on Tuesday, a personal accomplishment the dominating defensive end said is merely the initial stage of his journey toward greatness.“It’s nice,” he said. “Step one of many steps to come.”And then?“Step two? All-Pro,” he said. “Step three? Defensive player of the year. Step four, win it all.”Closing in on Cleveland’s team record for sacks in a season, Garrett was acknowledged for his strong second season along with Browns rookie cornerback Denzel Ward, the No. 4 pick this year who has quickly become one of the game’s top players at a premium position.While two of the Browns’ most unassuming, soft-spoken players, Garrett and Ward can be fearsome together.“It can only get better with time. The sky is the limit for us on defense,” Garrett said. “I feel like the more time we have to grow and mesh together, we’ll be able to really terrify some quarterbacks.”The pair work in concert as Garrett’s eye-popping quickness off the snap — he has 12½ sacks this season and 19½ in 25 games — can influence a quarterback to make a quick decision while Ward’s ability to cover some of the NFL’s top receivers makes QBs hang onto the ball, giving Cleveland’s linemen and blitzing linebackers more chances to get sacks.The kind of 1-2 punch Garrett and Ward deliver can be devastating.“Today’s NFL is a passing game, so to have a bookend defensive end who can get after the quarterback Cullen Gillaspia Jersey , get a lot of sacks or make him hurry throws and having a corner who can go and make plays on the balls when they’re in the air, it works hand in hand,” said Schobert, Cleveland’s lone Pro Bowler last season.“If corners are shutting down the passing and the quarterback is holding it longer, you know Myles is going to get there. If Myles is pressuring the quarterback and he’s going to be forced to make some hurried throws, you know our secondary is going to be able to take advantage of it.“You’ve seen that this season.”And now that the Browns (6-7-1) are winning, they’re being rewarded.Along with Garrett and Ward being voted as Pro Bowlers, Cleveland, which had several other players named alternates, including guard Joel Bitonio (first alternate), rookie running back Nick Chubb (second), punter Britton Colquitt (second), receiver Jarvis Landry (third) Rock Ya-Sin Jersey , right guard Kevin Zeitler and rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield (fourth).Mayfield, who is more accustomed to winning bigger honors, was not impressed by his recognition.“What am I? The fourth alternate?” Mayfield said with a playful smirk. “Until the other three get sick or do not want to play, I am not going in. No, it is not that good.”For Ward, the Pro Bowl further validated his selection by Browns general manager John Dorsey, who raised some eyebrows when he snagged the former Ohio State standout so high. He had been expected to go later in the first round, but Dorsey saw something in Ward that quickly became apparent to his teammates.Ward has three interceptions, 11 passes defensed, 48 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in 12 games. He returned to practice Wednesday after missing two games with a concussion.“In the beginning of the year, people tried to test him early on,” Mayfield said. “But he made a lot of plays. Yeah http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/ben-banogu-jersey
, he has been a little banged up, but he has been that guy all year. People just are not testing him as much as they used to. They have seen that he is able to make plays. He is comfortable. I just think that where he is at in our defense, he is in the right spot at the right time because he is doing his job at a high level. He is instinctive, and he obviously makes plays.”Ward credited his teammates with getting him the early accolades. But the humble 21-year-old didn’t want to take too much credit for Garrett’s success.“I feel I helped him a little bit, just covering up guys,” he said. “Myles is already a freak of nature, so he’s going to do his job and get to the quarterback whether I was here or not.”NOTES: With the Bengals coming to town, Mayfield said nothing has changed in his relationship with former Browns coach Hue Jackson. When the Browns won in Cincinnati last month, Mayfield gave Jackson a cold shoulder following the game and later called him “fake.” ”I said what I said. It is another week. We have to hit the reset button,” said Mayfield, who wouldn’t comment on whether he has reached out to Jackson since their previous meeting. PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The New England Patriots‘ competitive but action-starved Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams was seen by 100.7 million people on television and streaming services, the smallest audience for football’s annual spectacle in a decade.A boycott by disgruntled New Orleans Saints fans Parris Campbell Jersey , a campaign by fans of quarterback Colin Kaepernick and a game with only one touchdown combined to shrink the audience. On CBS alone, the game was seen by 98.2 million people, compared to 103.4 million who watched on NBC last year, according to the Nielsen company.Since reaching a peak of 114.4 million viewers for the Patriots’ 2015 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, the Super Bowl audience has slipped each year since. The Super Bowl is traditionally the most-watched television event of the year in the U.S., and its audience hadn’t dipped below 100 million since the Pittsburgh Steelers–Arizona Cardinals game in 2009.CBS dealt with a city that held a major grudge. Many fans in New Orleans, where the hometown Saints were victimized by a blown referee’s call toward the end of its loss to the Rams in the NFC championship, skipped the game entirely. Preliminary ratings from New Orleans showed that Super Bowl viewership this year was half what it was in 2018.New Orleans’ Times Picayune newspaper printed a mostly blank front page on Monday with the words, “Super Bowl?” What Super Bowl?”The newspaper asked, “you think the NFL is sad that the Saints weren’t in it to spice up the night?”There was also a campaign on Twitter by people who said they would not watch the game because of Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who hasn’t been able to land a job in the NFL since leading demonstrations in protest of police treatment of minorities.After a season of offensive fireworks and conference championships that both went into overtime, Sunday’s game was a defensive struggle where the teams were tied 3-3 entering the fourth quarter. That’s a tough slog for the casual fan, and the Super Bowl draws millions who don’t watch football regularly.At one point CBS commentator Tony Romo said Will Harris Jersey , “this is hard to watch.” Others were blunter still. The website The Ringer said that “the historically boring Super Bowl sent football back to the Stone Age.”Cindy Boren of The Washington Post wrote that it was “a snore of a Super Bowl.” The New York Times headlined a story: “How boring was the Super Bowl? The punts got exciting.”The words “boring” and “Super Bowl” appeared in the same tweets more than 70,000 times in the past 24 hours. The words “worst” and “Super Bowl” were matched more than 50,000 times.If anything, football fans have been spoiled by a string of competitive Super Bowls after many years in which big game blowouts became commonplace. This year the game’s outcome was in doubt until the final seconds, but it had only one touchdown and few scoring threats.The one growth area for CBS was streaming. The network said an average of 2.6 million people streamed the game, up 31 percent over last year.CBS did achieve its goal of having a large audience sample its new talent show, “The World’s Best.” Nielsen said 22.2 million people watched the show’s debut, the most-watched entertainment show since the Oscars last year and the biggest entertainment premiere on TV since “Undercover Boss” debuted after the Super Bowl nine years ago.