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Buster Skrine | Defensive Back

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/26/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 185
College: Chattanooga
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Browns CB Buster Skrine will focus exclusively on slot corner duties this season.
Justin Gilbert was drafted eighth overall to plug the revolving door opposite Joe Haden. It puts the 5'9/185 Skrine back in a more natural inside role. Skrine was among the worst every-down corners in the league last year, getting exposed as a weekly matchup to attack by savvy fantasy players. May 14 - 8:07 AM

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Browns CB Buster Skrine was forced from Cleveland's Week 17 game against the Steelers with a shoulder injury, and will not return.

Skrine was hurt trying to tackle Le'Veon Bell in the first half. He was ruled out at halftime. With Joe Haden inactive, the Browns are now without each of their top two corners.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 02:42:00 PM

Browns CB Buster Skrine left Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Steelers with a rib injury and did not return.

Skrine is a big piece of the Browns defense because most teams try to avoid Joe Haden. If he can't play against the Jags in Week 13, Chris Owens would likely draw the start.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 10:10:00 AM

Buster Skrine has won the Browns' starting right corner job.

Skrine edged out Chris Owens, who will still play a ton as the Browns' No. 3 corner. It's one of the few holes in an underrated defense as Skrine graded out 78th among 113 corners in ProFootballFocus' rankings last season. Joe Haden is expected to shadow No. 1 receivers, starting with Mike Wallace on Sunday.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 09:36:00 AM

Browns CB Buster Skrine has "held down" the starting job opposite Joe Haden so far in camp.

Skrine is leading a three-way battle that includes Chris Owens and Leon McFadden. He's playing outside in base formations and moving into the slot for nickel sets. But according to ESPN Cleveland, Owens is the one standing out. Both corners will be on the field plenty this season. McFadden has "a long way to go."
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 09:26:00 AM

ESPN Cleveland believes Buster Skrine will "at worst" be the Browns' nickel corner.

Skrine is splitting first-team outside corner reps with Chris Owens at OTAs. Eventually, third-round rookie Leon McFadden will get in the mix. This spot opposite Joe Haden is a major hole for an otherwise sound Browns' defense. Skrine graded out negatively over 745 snaps last year.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Browns DC Ray Horton says CB Buster Skrine has been getting some looks at safety.

"[Skrine] is one of those hybrid players that is playing corner, nickel, penny, safety," Horton said. "He’s a dynamic player that can play more than one position. If you can do that in the Cleveland Browns defense it opens up a versatile attack." The Browns have a gaping hole at free safety, and they're trying anyone and everyone at the position to find the best fit.
Thu, May 16, 2013 06:42:00 PM

The new Browns coaching staff does not envision CB Buster Skrine as a starter.

Ray Horton's staff thinks Skrine "may" have a future as a nickel or dime back, but they're still in the market for a starter opposite Joe Haden. Skrine was stretched in six starts last year, struggling mightily in coverage. He's been better as a slot corner. Skrine has just one interception through 32 career games.
Sun, Mar 17, 2013 02:38:00 PM

Browns CB Buster Skrine will move inside and cover the slot with Joe Haden returning from suspension.

Skrine will be issued the task of covering the Bengals' Andrew Hawkins on Sunday, and that matchup favors Hawkins considerably. Hawkins beat Cleveland for 56 yards and a touchdown on two catches in Week 2, but he saw just three targets. Look for Cincinnati to exploit Cleveland with its speedy slot man this week. Skrine is replacing injured Dimitri Patterson.
Fri, Oct 12, 2012 02:24:00 PM

The Browns believe second-year CB Buster Skrine could develop into a starter this season.

Skrine impressed the Browns' coaching staff at the end of last season and will compete to start opposite Joe Haden. Skrine appeared in all 16 games last year. He's still a long shot to unseat incumbent RCB Sheldon Brown.
Sun, May 27, 2012 09:48:00 AM

Browns CB Buster Skrine left Wednesday's practice early because of a hip injury.

With Joe Haden (knee) expected to miss another game, Skrine was in line to play left cornerback on all nickel downs this week. His status is now uncertain for the game. Suddenly, Cleveland's pass defense is all kinds of banged up.
Wed, Oct 19, 2011 07:38:00 PM

Browns DC Dick Jauron has been impressed with under-sized fifth-round CB Buster Skrine since training camp opened.

"Buster has had a really good camp and I believe in the long run he's going to be an outstanding addition to this football team," Jauron said. "... He's done an outstanding job." The 5'9/185 speedster is ticketed for a role on special teams and in sub-packages to open the season.
Fri, Sep 9, 2011 09:48:00 AM

Browns selected UT-Chattanooga CB Buster Skrine with the No. 137 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

Skrine has been timed in the 4.2s and 4.3s on the track. Problem is, the speedster isn't much of a football player. At 5'10/186, Skrine is likely ticked for a sub-package role on defense at best, with some ability to run down kicks in special teams coverage. Skrine got a big name at the Combine, but we don't have much hope for him to develop into a full-time player.
Sat, Apr 30, 2011 02:05:00 PM

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