Derrick Frost: No Easy Street

Earlier this week, the Browns ended the roster competition at punter by awarding the job to Derrick Frost. The second-year player isn't celebrating, though, as Mike McLain discovered when he talked to him this afternoon...

Punter Derrick Frost doesn't think he's on easy street now that he's been named the starter.

"I don't feel that much different than I did last week," Frost said. "I'm trying to stay on an even keel. I made the team now, but three weeks from now I still have to perform.

"I'm definitely very thankful for the situation and opportunity. I still have to produce, and I still have to get better."

Frost has a gross average of 38.8 yards, while Ryan Dutton, who was waived Monday, had a 40.4-yard average. Part of the reason for Frost's lower average is that he's occasionally been called upon to make directional punts or touch punts deep in enemy territory.

"Last year in preseason I averaged over 42 yards for Baltimore on 23 punts," Frost said. "This preseason I've definitely struck the ball much better, but the average doesn't show that. If I make the coaches happy and I do what I have to do per situation, then that's all anyone can ask for."

Frost also has had to adapt to being the holder for kicker Phil Dawson. After some early problems, that part of his game is improving. Making things more difficult is that Frost held for a left-footed kicker at Northern Iowa.

"I need to make a little bit of progress there," Frost said. "He (Dawson) made a 50-yarder and the holds have been pretty good on extra points. I'm pretty close to 100 percent right now."


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