Disappointing Paul Kruger admits to feeling pressure
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/12/13) Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger had admitted that the pressure of performing up to his free agent contract has played a role in his lack of production.
Kruger was signed after recording nine sacks with Baltimore in 2012, including 7 1/2 in the last eight games, and adding 4 1/2 more in the playoffs to help the Ravens win the Super Bowl. But he had just two for the Browns before doubling that total in their Week 14 game in New England.
"Not only do I put high standards up for myself, but you come in with a high bar and you want to live up to those," he told the team website. "People have been great to me here and for me, I feel a personal responsibility to be a good player and to produce. So, yeah, there's definitely been some pressure I've felt."
Kruger, who has contributed 36 total tackles, went five games without a sack before registering two against the Patriots.
Browns have tough matchup against stingy Bears
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/11/13) The Browns started the season on a roll -- five straight games with double-digit Fantasy points and 20 total sacks over that span. And then things went downhill.
Since Week 6, the Browns have registered 19 sacks. They have four weeks with four or fewer Fantasy points. They've failed to intercept a pass in four games this season, and have given up 27 or more points to opponents in each of the last four weeks.
The Bears, their Week 15 opponent, have been harsh on DSTs this season. Only once in the last six games has a DST scored over 10 Fantasy points, and Josh McCown has thrown just one interception since taking over for Jay Cutler.
The Browns could be good against the right opponent, but they should be left on the waiver wire in Week 15.
Two Browns linebackers do their job against Patriots
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) Browns linebackers D'Qwell Jackson and Paul Kruger can't be blamed for the galling blown victory Sunday at New England.
Jackson finished with a team-high nine tackles and added an interception 25 yards downfield in a first half dominated by Cleveland. Kruger, who had not registered a sack in the last five games, had two to go along with two TFLs and a pass defensed.
Browns DST collapses in second half
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) The Browns DST appeared destined to rack up major points at New England on Sunday. Then came this little detail called the second half.
The unit had the Patriots shut out with an interception before intermission, but Tom Brady broke loose as he tends to do in the second half. The result was that the Browns added no turnovers and gave up 27 points and 397 yards for the game. They did manage four sacks.
Browns healthy heading into game at New England
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) Quarterback Brandon Weeden (concussion) is the lone injured player on the inactive list released Sunday by the Browns.
It's been a long time since the Browns DST was great for Fantasy Football but the new coaching staff is hoping to change things. The Browns hired Ray Horton to coordinate the defense after he and the Cardinals parted ways. The Browns will move to a 3-4 front and spent a lot of money in free agency to make the unit look good. Paul Kruger and first-round pick Barkevious Mingo will join Jabaal Sheard and Quentin Groves as pass rushers and the defensive line was fortified with the addition of end Desmond Bryant. The Browns will have big men up front, D'Qwell Jackson in the middle and a young secondary headlined by Joe Haden and T.J. Ward. With Horton calling the shots the team should improve on the 38 sacks and 17 interceptions they had last year while finishing 19th against the run and 25th against the pass. Save for some big moves we'd look for the Browns DST off waivers as a one-week replacement. (Updated 5/15/13)