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Paul Kruger quietly going about being a team leader

paul-kruger-mike-glennon-nfl-tampa-bay-buccaneers-cleveland-browns1There are plenty of subplots surrounding the defense of the Cleveland Browns heading into the 2015 NFL season.

Can the new additions along the defensive line finally help the Browns stop the run? Can the defensive secondary, one of the league’s top units, be even better this year? Will fans start to understand that Barkevious Mingo’s role has changed, and that may not be a bad thing?

One name you never really hear mentioned much, however, is that of outside linebacker Paul Kruger, who is entering his third season with the Browns.

To see how Kruger has transformed into a quiet leader on the defense, check out our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Browns open free agency by reaching deal with Paul Kruger

bal-paul-kruger-fined-5000-for-uniform-violati-001The Cleveland Browns jumped into the free agent pool with both feet on Tuesday, signing Baltimore linebacker Paul Kruger to a reported five-year deal worth $40 million (with $21 million guaranteed).

Kruger hit the national spotlight after recording 4.5 sacks during the playoffs, although people seem to want to overlook that he was shut out in the Ravens’ games against Denver and New England. And that the Ravens had to limit the time he was on the field in the Super Bowl because, as Pro Football Focus put it, he “has an awful habit of blowing contain in run defense when he tries to crash down on run plays.”

On the plus side, Kruger had nine sacks in 2012 during his first extended action in the starting lineup for Baltimore (he made six starts this season, bringing his four-year total to seven starts). Kruger earned a +7.9 grade from Pro Football Focus, the sixth-best of any 3-4 outside linebacker, and his 12.2 Pass Rushing Productivity was the highest score at his position.

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