BEREA, Ohio - Paul Kruger came up big in the Browns win over the Raiders as he picked up all three of the Browns sacks.
“Yeah, (I) had a lot of opportunities to rush,” Kruger said. “I’m not sure how many times he threw the ball, but it had to have been around 50 or so. There were a couple of calls that Coach made where I was in a great position, guys around me doing a great job.
“I think that (Derek Carr) was real flustered. It seems like he was getting spooked easy, and I know (Desmond Bryant) Des hit him a few times. It was just an all-around good line effort, and fortunately, I was able to get in there a few times.”
Kruger has already surpassed his first season total with the Browns of 4.5 sacks. He is currently 10th in the NFL with five sacks.
“It always feels good to have success,” Kruger said. “That’s what everybody is here for so to be able to have a good showing and be able to help your team win, that’s really what it’s all about. I really wish that we could have stopped them at the end without them scoring, but to get that ‘W’ in front of our fans, it meant a lot to everybody.”
Kruger was a highly sought after unrestricted free agent signed by the Browns immediately during free agency prior to the 2013 season. He had just helped the Ravens win the Super Bowl and had two sacks in the biggest game of that season. He had eight sacks in the regular season and big things were expected of him last year.
Cameron Update: TE Jordan Cameron suffered at least his third concussion in as many seasons. He missed two games in 2012 with concussion symptoms and missed a game in 2013, as well.
“It’s like K’Waun (Williams),” Pettine said. “He has a concussion and is in the (NFL) protocol.”
Williams suffered a concussion against the Steelers and missed the following game. Cameron’s status will be updated on Wednesday.
With the Browns played Sunday against the Buccaneeers and then turning around and playing the Bengals four days later, it is possible the Browns will be without their Pro Bowl Cameron for one or both games.
In the Hunt: The Browns are just 4–3 and are fourth in the AFC North. However, they are just one half game behind the division leading Bengals at 4–2–1.
However, Hoyer doesn’t want to talk about that.
“We’re just focused on Tampa Bay,” Hoyer said. “This just shows it’s a week-to-week basis. We have to move on and get ready for Tampa Bay right away and not worry about that kind of stuff.”
By the Numbers: The Browns are 12th overall in offense in the NFL (12th rushing, 18th passing) and 29th in overall defense (30th rushing, 20th passing)….WR Andrew Hawkins is 14th tied with 36 receptions for 470 yards one touchdown (13.1 avg.)… DB Tashaun Gipson leads the NFL with five interceptions.
Browns Lose Hughes; Sign Taylor: The Browns signed TE Ryan Taylor via waivers from Baltimore. The club also placed DL John Hughes on injured reserve reserve-designated for return (knee). Hughes cannot practice for at least six weeks and cannot play in a game for eight weeks, which wouldn’t make him eligible until the final game of the season against the Ravens.
In addition, the team released A.J. Pataiali’i from the practice squad.