Paul Kruger finally rewards Browns vs. Tom Brady

Paul Kruger finally rewards Browns vs. Tom Brady
December 12, 2013, 10:45 am
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Ravens coming through in the clutch

On Sunday, the Browns might have looked at Paul Kruger and thought to themselves, “This is what we paid all that money for.”

The former Raven, signed as a free agent in the offseason to a five-year, $40 million deal, had two sacks of Tom Brady and provided pressure on the quarterback, though Cleveland ended up losing 27-26. It was the kind of game the Browns expected all season from Kruger, though the outside linebacker has just four sacks for 2013. He had nine for the Ravens last season.

“I definitely haven’t had the season I wanted to as far as numbers go,” Kruger told

“… 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. People have been great to me here and for me, I feel like a personal responsibility to be a good player and to produce. So, yeah, there’s definitely been some pressure I’ve felt.”

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With three games left, Kruger could build on his performance against the Patriots and make his last impressions from 2013 positive ones.

“The bottom line is winning. That’s really what matters most. … But everybody sets their personal goals and has things you want to accomplish,” he said. “Unfortunately, I haven’t done what I wanted to as far as getting the number of sacks I wanted to and all those things. I’m just still trying to fight and finish this season strong.”