30-Year-Old Linebacker – Cleveland Browns
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Kruger had a bounce-back campaign in 2014 after a disappointing debut season with the Browns, collecting a career-high 11 sacks and playing in all 16 games. The defensive scheme isn't expected to be s...
Paul Kruger Contract Information:
Kruger agreed to a five-year, $40 million deal with Cleveland in March of 2013.
Kruger, who had five tackles (three solo) and a sack in Sunday's loss to the Ravens, finished the season with 53 tackles (36 solo), four forced fumbles and a team-leading 11 sacks.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Kruger was a disappointment for most of his four years in Baltimore, but he got hot in the second half of 2012, posting 12 sacks in the final 12 games (counting playoffs). He'll start at outside linebacker as Cleveland transitions into the 3-4.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Kruger's production took a slight hit in 2013 following his breakout 2012 season with the Ravens, but still has the potential to produce sacks for fantasy owners as an IDP. Last season, Kruger found himself in a three-man rotation with Barkevious Mingo and Jabaal Sheard at outside linebacker, but it remains to be seen how new defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil will utilize the 28-year-old. If he's able to see the field on most downs this season, Kruger could re-emerge as a valuable IDP option.
Kruger was a disappointment for most of his four years in Baltimore, but he got hot in the second half of 2012, posting 12 sacks in the final 12 games (counting playoffs). He'll start at outside linebacker as Cleveland transitions into the 3-4.
Kruger is expected to start at strongside linebacker for the Ravens. His main focus will probably be taking on blockers, but he should also get plenty of chances to rush the passer.
Coaches have long praised his motor, but Kruger has always been too much of tweener to see much playing time. This year, it seems as if the Ravens would like to put Kruger, as well as Sergio Kindle, on the field more as a pass rusher opposite Terrell Suggs. Don't bet on much fantasy-wise, but this could be the first year Kruger makes a significant impact for Baltimore.
Kruger bulked up in the offseason to take on more of a true defensive end look. Though he'll mostly see the field whenever Terrell Suggs needs a spell, coaches do love his motor.
Kruger's high motor and versatility have him on the Ravens' two-deep as a rookie. He's still a year or two from any sort of significance as an IDP.