NFL live TV viewers noticed a unique move from Myles Garrett, the Cleveland Browns’ superstar pass rusher.
But NFL fans have also accused Garrett of making an “illegal” substitution during the Browns’ 24-3 Week 1 home win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
In the first quarter, Garrett was seen mimicking a basketball crossover move during a pre-snap of Joe Burrow and the Bengals’ offensive play.
After Burrow, who was in the shotgun formation, stepped up the football, Garrett passed center Ted Karras and put pressure on the star quarterback.
While Garrett didn’t complete the sack, Burrow was still sacked by fellow pass rusher Ogbo Okoronkwo.
Still, fans believe Garrett’s “gimmick” with the Bengals was an “illegal” move.
One said: “How is this legal?”
While a second wrote: “I don’t think this should be fair.”
And a third said: “This is so incredibly disrespectful.”
However, an NFL defensive lineman can, by rule, move as much as he wants before the snap as long as he doesn’t jump offside.
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Garrett would be able to record a sack along with a team-high four quarterback hits and two tackles.
He would be part of a Browns defense that forced Pro Bowl QB Burrow to throw for 82 yards on 14 of 31 completed passes.
Rainy conditions also played a role in the Browns’ lopsided victory.
Garrett was among the betting favorites to win Defensive Player of the Year heading into the 2023 season.
The Browns will face the home team Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2’s Monday Night Football game.
The Bengals play next Sunday against AFC North division rivals the Baltimore Ravens.