At 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, Cleveland Browns defensive back
Skrine used his competitive spirit and skill to locate the football at the critical juncture in Sunday’s 7-6 win over the San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
The Chargers had a fourth-and-10 from Cleveland’s 44-yard line and were nearing the spot where kicker Nick Novak could attempt a potential go-ahead field goal with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. Quarterback Philip Rivers targeted wide receiver Malcom Floyd with the pass, but Skrine knocked the ball away.
“He’s always been a guy that’s challenged,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said. “I think there was a lot he had to learn about playing defensive football when he got here, but his natural ability to challenge, it’s there and that’s shown up since day one. I think that’s why we were excited to work with him and I’m glad that he’s having some success.”
Skrine made two tackles on defense and another two on special teams in the win over the Chargers. On the season, he has registered the second-most stops on the team, 45, and leads the way with eight pass breakups.
Skrine said his desire to play hard started at a young age, and in a different sport.
“I started playing baseball when I was four,” Skrine said. “My parents always talked about working hard and having a good work ethic, so, that’s where it came from.”
The dedication to working hard was something the Browns displayed after the win over San Diego. Instead of taking Monday off, which Shurmur was intent on giving them, they elected to come into work and get their corrections done as a team.
“We’re all working to get better,” Skrine said. “We’ve got an important game against the Ravens coming up on Sunday, so, everybody was on board to come in today. Baltimore’s a good team. We played them tough last game. It came down to the last play, so, we’re just looking to finish that game like we finished the game against the Chargers.”
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