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Notes: Myles Garrett wins Maurice Bassett Award as team’s top rookie in camp

No. 1 pick Myles Garrett lived up to expectations through training camp and the preseason and was named the recipient of the Maurice Bassett Award.

The honor is given to the Browns’ most outstanding rookie in training camp. It’s voted on by local media.

Garrett, a defensive end from Texas A&M, worked his way up the depth chart and into the starting lineup by dominating drills throughout camp. In the preseason he was credited with two tackles and a sack and spent a lot of time in the opposing backfield.

Quarterback DeShone Kizer, running back Matthew Dayes and safety Jabrill Peppers were other candidates, but Garrett won in a landslide Tuesday.

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The award was started in 1985 in honor of the former running back who played for the Browns from 1954-56.

The most recent winners were quarterback Brandon Weeden, linebacker Barkevious Mingo, linebacker Christian Kirksey, defensive tackle Danny Shelton and defensive end Carl Nassib.

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The Browns signed receiver Rashard Higgins, cornerback Darius Hillary and safety Kai Nacua to the practice squad. They were waived by the team Sunday.

Higgins was a fifth-round pick in 2016, Hillary spent nine weeks on Cleveland’s practice squad last year and Nacua is an undrafted rookie out of Brigham Young.

The Browns have one opening left on the 10-man practice squad.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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