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Thus far in camp, Skrine has made an impression on Browns coach Pat Shurmur.
“Buster’s more comfortable in our scheme,” Shurmur said. “When Buster came in, he played a lot of football, but he hadn’t played it within a scheme like a pro system and so, he had to get up to speed in a lot of ways. He’s a guy that challenges extremely well and now, he knows more about how it fits within the scheme. I think that’s why you’ve seen him flash more.”
Skrine finished his first professional season with 10 total tackles, eight solo stops, one interception, two passes defended and helped the Browns finish second in the NFL in pass defense, their highest ranking since 1962. He was third on the team with nine special teams tackles.
During his second training camp with the Browns, Skrine has gotten to play many different spots in the secondary.
“I think he can play slot, but as you’ve seen in practice, he’s played outside quite a bit,” Shurmur said. “It’s important and you like to have all your corners who can play outside and you choose who plays inside. If you just get a bunch of nickel corners, then, you’ve got too many guys. I think that makes sense.”
Much like Skrine, Dockery has also shown development with his second year in the Browns’ 4-3 scheme under coordinator Dick Jauron.
“I think he’s made very good progress,” Shurmur said. “I think I could say a lot of the same things I said about Buster. They’re guys that like to challenge and now, they know how challenging within the scheme fits better. I think that’s showing up.”
T.J. Ward, himself a third-year safety for the Browns, has watched as Skrine and Dockery have competed throughout training camp.
“They’re playing really well right now,” Ward said. “They’re all competitors and they’re all competing, playing hard from snap to whistle and they’re all smart, so I’m expecting some big things from them this year. I don’t know what their roles will be as of yet, but I think they’ll all be on the field, for sure.”