Paul Kruger LB CLE 9 months ago

Kruger, who had five tackles (three solo) and a sack in Sunday's loss to the Ravens, finished the season with 53 tackles (36 solo), four forced fumbles and a team-leading 11 sacks.

Kruger sacked the quarterback more than twice as many times as the team's runner-up, posting the highest total of his career. Though the overall tackle total wasn't much to get excited about, IDP owners have to be pleasantly surprised about his ability to get to the quarterback and nose for the football. The six-year veteran should serve a similar role in 2015.

Paul Kruger LB CLE 10 months ago

Kruger had seven tackles (three solo) in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.

Kruger's streak of two straight games with a sack came to an end, but he was still able to provide fantasy owners with his highest single-game tackle total of the season.

Paul Kruger LB CLE 10 months ago

Kruger had two solo tackles for loss and one sack in Sunday's loss to the Bengals.

Kruger has now recorded a sack in back-to-back weeks, and leads the Browns with 10 on the season.

Paul Kruger LB CLE 10 months ago

Kruger had a fumble recovery, a sack and two quarterback hits in Sunday's loss to the Colts.

Kruger and fellow outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo were in the face of opposing quarterback Andrew Luck all day, but were ultimately unable to stop him on the game-winning drive. Kruger has now forced three fumbles on the year, and leads the Browns with his nine sacks.

Paul Kruger LB CLE 10 months ago

Kruger had three solo tackles and two sacks in Sunday's victory over the Falcons.

Kruger now has eight sacks on the season, which is good enough for the team lead. He had collected just one sack over the previous three weeks, but was able to get to Matt Ryan twice for his first multi-sack game since Week 8.

Paul Kruger LB CLE 1 year ago

Kruger totaled five tackles (four) and two sacks in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

Kruger had just 4.5 sacks during all of 2013 with the Browns, but he already looks poised to produce higher totals in new coach Mike Pettine's defensive scheme. He's primarily a pass-rusher, however, so it wouldn't be wise to expect high tackle numbers from the 28-year-old. Kruger's career-best of 47 combined tackles was set just last season.

Paul Kruger LB CLE 1 year ago

Despite only recording 4.5 sacks, Browns OLB Paul Kruger racked up 51 total pressures in 2013.

Disruption is production. According to Pro Football Focus, Kruger had 39 QB hurries and 8 QB hits on the season. We expect Kruger's sack total to increase under new head coach Mike Pettine. Last season, Pettine's Bills posted 57 sacks and had three players reach double-digits - Mario Williams (13), Kyle Williams (10.5) and Jerry Hughes (10.0).

Paul Kruger LB CLE 2 years ago

The Browns will use Paul Kruger primarily at left outside linebacker in new coordinator Ray Horton's 3-4.

Jabaal Sheard will play right outside 'backer, and first-round pick Barkevious Mingo will be the top pass-rushing reserve. NFL Films' Greg Cosell recently suggested Mingo could be employed like Horton did Daryl Washington on passing downs in Arizona, using linemen to occupy blocks and letting Mingo run free to the quarterback. All three rush 'backers will be candidates for 6-10 sacks.

Paul Kruger LB CLE 2 years ago

Browns OLBs Paul Kruger and Jabaal Sheard are alternating sides in OTAs.

It's a minor detail. "It gives us a chance to work them there in case you need to down the road and just see guys from different sides," coach Rob Chudzinski said. Whatever side he's rushing from, Kruger will be an every-down player as the strong-side linebacker. Sheard will have to fight for snaps with first-round pick Barkevious Mingo, and could be limited to sub-packages.

Paul Kruger LB CLE 3 years ago

Browns agreed to terms with OLB Paul Kruger on a five-year, $41 million contract.

It reportedly includes $20 million guaranteed. It's a generous haul for a four-year veteran with just 15.5 career sacks, but probably not what Kruger had in mind before the start of free agency. Kruger will line up opposite OLB Jabaal Sheard in new DC Ray Horton's attacking 3-4 defense. Kruger's signing leaves Cliff Avril as the lone remaining pass-rushing jewel on the open market.