BEREA – One of the battles on the defensive side of the ball is at strong
safety with a pair of former second-round draft choices going at it.
Sean Jones is in his third season with the Browns despite missing his entire rookie season with a torn ACL in 2004. Brodney Pool is in his second season after being drafted in the second-round draft of the 2005 draft.
Jones was drafted by Butch Davis, while Pool was selected by Phil Savage and Romeo Crennel. Both players were drafted after their junior seasons in college. Both played at major college football programs, Jones at Georgia, while Pool played at Oklahoma.
"We're both doing a pretty good job," Pool said in sizing up the battle.
However, Jones is listed as the starter on the team's first depth chart which was released prior to the Eagles' preseason game, despite missing practices last weekend due to "personal reasons."
Jones (6-1, 215 pounds), after missing his rookie season, played in all 16 games, mostly on special teams. He had just four tackles from scrimmage and led the team with 20 tackles on special teams.
Pool, (6-2, 208 pounds) missed three games with an ankle injury and finished with 25 tackles, including a sack and one interception. He had 10 tackles on special teams.
Pool described the difference between his rookie season and this season as being major.
"Last year, the newness of everything was overwhelming," Pool said. "This year, I am expecting to make plays. I have a lot of expectations of myself.
"Charlie (Frye) and I were talking the other day about how much of a huge difference it is this year from last year."
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