BEREA — Two sacks in a game isn't an unrealistic goal for Myles Garrett.

After all, the Browns Pro Bowl defensive end has done it four times in his short career.

However, it'll be difficult to achieve the feat in Sunday's season finale against the Baltimore Ravens because rookie Lamar Jackson is probably the most elusive quarterback in the NFL.

Garrett has 12.5 sacks and needs two more to break Reggie Camp's single-season franchise record of 14 set in 1984.

“It's nice to have a record, but it's even better to have a win,” Garrett said Friday as the Browns (7-7-1) prepared to visit the Ravens (9-6).

In Sunday's 26-18 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Garrett missed out on a potential two-sack outing. He thought the Bengals should have been penalized for holding on one missed sack, and he inadvertently pulled teammate Joe Schobert off quarterback Jeff Driskel on another.

For the second consecutive game, Garrett finished without a sack. Schobert, defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi and rookie linebacker Genard Avery each sacked Driskel.

“I went back and looked at that one. I thought I just missed it, and I saw this strange thing called a holding call. I thought they called that in the NFL, but I guess I must be thinking of something else,” he said. “But I probably missed more than my fair share, which is me taking bad angles. There's some where guys are draped on my neck. I've just got to get them off me. It goes hand in hand. I've got to be able to finish those plays.”

Holding complaints aside, Garrett credited Driskel for being “slippery” and explained Jackson, who has taken 14 sacks this year, is even tougher to corral. A key to the game in Baltimore will be how well Garrett and fellow starting end Emmanuel Ogbah set the edge.

“Don't let [Jackson] outside of the pocket,” Garrett said. “We know he's special when he can make things happen with his feet and get outside, and he can throw on the run and he can make people miss. Don't let him get that opportunity.”

The Ravens have rushed for more than 150 yards in each of their six games since Jackson became their starter. During the span, rookie running back Gus Edwards ranks fourth in the NFL with 578 yards on 110 carries (5.25 average) and two touchdowns, and Jackson ranks eighth with 466 yards on 99 carries (4.71 average) and two TDs.

“Our main objective is to stop the run,” Garrett said. “That's what they're going to try to do. That's what they've done on everybody and how they've been moving the ball and winning games. If we stop that, then they're going to have to pass, and then I'm going to get my opportunities.”

Should Garrett squander a chance for a sack, interim coach Gregg Williams said he'll tell the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft to “keep going and don’t flinch.” Too much anger can become a distraction.

“Frustration only fuels me to go get another one,” Garrett said. “So it makes me want to put him on the ground, the blocker really. He can't hold me if he's on his behind or if he's over there sitting on the guard. So I've just got to be able to find a way to complete the play.

“You've got to know why you missed it. First you go back and see how you made the sack, and then you go back and look at the ones you missed and look at why you missed them. Those are more important than the ones you made.”

 

Season over

Cornerback Denzel Ward's rookie season officially ended Friday when the Browns ruled him out for Sunday's game with a concussion he suffered against the Bengals. Ward also missed the two previous games with a concussion.

The fourth overall pick in April's draft, Ward finished with 53 tackles, three interceptions, eight other passes defensed, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal in 13 games, 12 of which he started. He became the sixth rookie in Browns history to make the Pro Bowl.

“He's had a really good year,” Williams said, “and I'm sure that there'll be a lot of things that when he steps into the arena next year that he has a good feel for.”

Williams has said several times Ward needs to get lower while tackling to reduce the risk of injury. The veteran defensive coach was asked whether Ward has been receptive when told he should change his technique.

“Yes, and I think all of a sudden when it's his idea, it'll be all of the time,” Williams said.

Whether Ward plays in the Pro Bowl on Jan. 27 in Orlando, Williams said, “the [concussion] protocol will determine that.”

With Ward out, TJ Carrie is expected to start opposite Terrance Mitchell.

“You would have a hard time taking a look in the last six or seven weeks of seeing a corner that has played much better than [Carrie] in the entire league,” Williams said.

“I came in this position as a starter, and I hold myself to a high standard,” Carrie said. “... That's the confidence that you need to play at this level.”

 

Uncertainty ahead

The Browns have gone 5-2 since firing coach Hue Jackson and promoting Williams from defensive coordinator to interim coach on Oct. 29. General Manager John Dorsey has said Williams will get an interview to become the full-time coach. Williams refused to say whether he knows when his interview will take place.

“We'll talk about that after the year,” he said. “Still on the Ravens and can’t lose any focus on this is going to be a tough game. We have to play it.”

Although Williams has strengthened his case to stay in charge of the Browns, he's far from a lock to do so. He seemed to acknowledge as much by reflecting on his two seasons in Cleveland at the end of his news conference.

“I can’t tell you how much fun I've had being here,” he said. “I chose to come here and turned down other opportunities in other parts of the country. I've lived in almost every time zone now. I wanted to get this experience, and I think this is a great place to be.”

Dorsey is scheduled to address media at 9 a.m. Monday.

 

Extra points

• Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was voted the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for the sixth time this season. It's the 10th time this season a Browns rookie has won.

• The Browns listed starting center JC Tretter as questionable to play Sunday. He's expected to continue to push through a high-ankle sprain like he has been since Oct. 14.

• The Browns promoted wide receiver Blake Jackson from the practice squad to the active roster and placed linebacker Tanner Vallejo on injured reserve. Vallejo returned from a hamstring injury Thursday on a limited basis but sat out Friday's practice.

• The Ravens listed five players as questionable, but they all fully participated in Friday's practice. They are receiver John Brown (hamstring), safety Anthony Levine (toe/ankle), guard Alex Lewis (shoulder), linebacker Terrell Suggs (hamstring) and cornerback Tavon Young (groin).

Nate Ulrich can be reached at nulrich@thebeaconjournal.com. Read his Browns coverage at www.ohio.com/browns. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ByNateUlrich and on Facebook www.facebook.com/abj.sports.