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Skrine named fourth captain

Posted Nov 1, 2012

Browns defensive back Buster Skrine was named the fourth captain for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Through hard work on the field and dedication to his craft in the meeting rooms at the Berea training facility, second-year Cleveland Browns defensive back Buster Skrine has quickly earned the respect of his teammates.

On Wednesday, coach Pat Shurmur announced that Skrine was selected as a fourth captain for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

“It’s a big honor because you just know your team has a lot of respect for you and sees the things you’re doing on and off the field,” Skrine said. “I just think it starts with training in the offseason, coming in with the same attitude every day and I’m just looking to get better.”

Skrine’s selection as captain came just days after he broke up Philip Rivers’ fourth-down pass attempt to wide receiver Malcom Floyd late in the fourth quarter of the Browns’ 7-6 victory over the San Diego Chargers last Sunday.

“I look at myself as an aggressive player,” Skrine said. “If you look on film, I’m always there. There’s never a play where I’m just getting beat deep or anything like that. I’m always there challenging and I’ve been getting my hands on a lot of balls. I’m just growing weekly. I’m getting a lot of playing time on defense and special teams, so I feel like I’m just growing.”

According to his teammates, Skrine’s ability to make plays is growing because his confidence has increased with every game.

“The only thing Buster needed was a little confidence,” fellow defensive back Joe Haden said Wednesday. “He has all the ability. He’s the fastest player on the team. He’s quick, can jump and he needed to relax. He was playing a little bit too fast. It’s finally starting to slow down for him. He’s covering the slot receivers. He’s just playing a whole lot better; he’s playing a whole lot more confident.

“He’s an emotional player. Being a starting corner, being able to be out there every play, you can get exposed with people going at you all the time. If you have a bad game, you’re going to hear about it. This is the first, real time he’s been out there. Him being such a good person, such a good kid, getting bashed, it’s hard to take. I know that was hard for me when I first got into the league. He’s playing with great confidence, is a captain this week, so I’m just happy for him.”

Haden said Skrine, a self-admitted aggressive player that likes to challenge wide receivers and tight ends, has a skill that cannot be taught.

“He just has that in him, just to be a competitive player, no matter what happens, just always fight,” Haden said. “We had him up against (Chargers tight end Antonio) Gates and Gates is huge. Buster had no fear. He lined up and pressed him up every time he could. You can’t teach people to play like that. You’ve just got to have that in you.”

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