Camp Update: Kevin Shaffer Rolls On

Kevin Shaffer has at least two challenges: First, he has to justify the huge contract which lured him to Cleveland. Secondly, he now must man a line missing its Pro Bowl center. How does the big left tackle feel about all this? Fred Greetham reports on Shaffer in today's Camp Notes...

Berea - One of the biggest signings of the Browns during the off-season has been somewhat overshadowed with some of the other signings. The signings of the likes of LeCharles Bentley, Joe Jurevicius, Willie McGinest and Ted Washington tended to grab the headlines.

However, the Browns went out and spent a lot of money to bring in a left tackle to protect Charlie Frye's blind side for the next several years.

Shaffer said he wasn't surprised he was offered a lot of money by the Browns right out of the free agency gate.

"It's the position," Shaffer said. "Left tackle is the position that demands the kind of money it does, because left tackles are at a premium in the NFL."

Shaffer's success will go a long way in how successful Frye and the Browns offense is this year. He said he doesn't think the injury to Bentley will ruin the offensive line.

"By losing LeCharles, that has allowed Bob (Hallen) to step in," Shaffer said. "We're a tight knit group and Bob has fit in with us from the beginning of the off-season."

Does Shaffer feel any added pressure with Bentley going down?

"I don't feel any extra pressure," he said. "We've been working together for a while now and we have good chemistry."
Romeo Crennel likes what he sees of Shaffer.

"He's a tough kid," he said. "The guy has proven he's a football player and we signed him because we felt he could help us."

Shaffer, at 26, is just entering the prime of his career as a five-year player.

"Every year I've gained experience and knowledge," Shaffer said. "Every year I feel I've gotten a little bit better and that's what I plan to do this year."


Injury update: OT Ryan Tucker (knee), WR Joe Jurevicius (back) and RB Chris Barclay (ankle) sat out the morning practice. CB Daylon McCutcheon (knee) was limited and WR Braylon Edwards (knee) was limited in is practice.

Crennel said Tucker and McCutcheon will be looked at by the team doctor and make an evaluation this afternoon. Tucker is looking at having arthroscopic surgery to clean out cartilage.

"Jurevicius had muscle spasms in his back that didn't loosen up so we held him out."

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