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OLB Paul Kruger - Cleveland Browns

6-7, 263Born: 2-15-1986College: UtahDrafted: Round 2

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The Browns were near the bottom of the league with 29 sacks in 2015. This year there will be five players vying for time at the outside linebacker positions. Armonty Bryant led the group last year with a mere 5.5 sacks. He is penciled in as one starter with Paul Kruger likely to start opposite him. Kruger turned in a career year in his first season with Cleveland, posting 12 sacks in 2014. He followed it however, with a dismal 2015 in which he got to the quarterback for 2.5. The Browns still have Barkevious Mingo who was the sixth overall pick in 2013 but has been a bust thus far. They also have last year's second round selection Nate Orchard who contributed 3 sacks as a rookie, and this year's second round pick Emmanuel Ogbah. All of these players have the potential to claim a starting job and breakout. Bryant and Kruger are the experienced veterans, Orchard and Ogbah are the young guns with big upside and Mingo had enough talent to be a top ten pick. One thing to keep in mind here, Ogbah has the advantage of being the only player in the mix who was brought in by the current coaching staff. In the end we may see a situation where four or five players rotate and no one produces well in the box scores. The only fantasy owners who need to watch this situation are those in big play based leagues. For everyone else there will be little or no value here. (May 27)

Stats and Projections

2013 CLE 16 26 21 4.5 2 0 0 5 0
2014 CLE 16 36 17 12 4 1 0 4 0
2015 CLE 16 16 11 2.5 0 0 0 0 0
2016 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 32 * * * * * * *
2016 PROJ-Norton 16 35 * * * * * * *

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2016 Schedule

1@ Philadelphia Eagles
2vs Baltimore Ravens
3@ Miami Dolphins
4@ Washington Redskins
5vs New England Patriots
6@ Tennessee Titans
7@ Cincinnati Bengals
8vs New York Jets
9vs Dallas Cowboys
10@ Baltimore Ravens
11vs Pittsburgh Steelers
12vs New York Giants
13--- BYE WEEK ---
14vs Cincinnati Bengals
15@ Buffalo Bills
16vs San Diego Chargers
17@ Pittsburgh Steelers