Sixteen starts, a team-leading 8.5 quarterback sacks and 55 total tackles.
All of those came from Cleveland Browns defensive end
“I’m getting to know the plays more,” Sheard said. “Last year, at this time, I had no idea, no plays. I wasn’t in a minicamp. I went into camp and I had no idea what I was doing, so I got a grasp for it. I know more where I’m supposed to fit in this defense and am just learning.”
Sheard has already seen a difference in the way he and his teammates operate when they are on the field at practice or studying plays in the film room.
“I think we already bonded more,” Sheard said when comparing the team in his first two NFL seasons. “I feel like I know these guys well. We know each other; we know how each other plays and where each other’s going to fit. That’s a big part, when you’re on the field, knowing how somebody else plays and where they’re going to fit. You can feed right off of it.”
Sheard joined fellow first-year Browns lineman Phil Taylor and veteran
Although Taylor is expected to miss part of the 2012 season with a pectoral injury, the Browns have no shortage of defensive linemen to use in the rotation.
“They’re both playing well,” Sheard said of Winn and Hughes. “They’re learning how to use their hands, but they’re getting the plays and they’re moving fast and they look like they can play. I’ve been talking to them. They get to know the plays and they’ve been getting extra work with Big Rubin after practice. I see them on the field and watching film and they look fast and I want to see them when the pads come on.”
“I’m very impressed,” Sheard said of the veteran presence of Rucker and Parker. “Those guys are talking in the film room on my things I’ve messed up on last year. They’re helping me on the field and off the field. I’m excited about how they can help me and how we can get a great rotation going.”