August 2, 2014

Reign on Spotlight Player of the Week: Buster Skrine

As a local market representative and league manager of one of 16 teams invited to be a part of Crown Royal’s inaugural Fantasy Football League dubbed “First and Crown,” I will be using this spot every Sunday before the Browns kick off against their respective opponent to tell you who we’ll be watching during this week’s contest.

This Week’s Spotlight: Buster Skrine, CB

Buster Skrine-2There’s not much to say that hasn’t already been said: If the Cleveland Browns are going to stop the offense of the Chicago Bears, the one with the multiple 1,000-yard wide receivers who seemingly catch everything thrown their way, it will take an All-Pro effort from the wiry, feisty kid out of Tennessee Chattanooga, Daryl “Buster” Skrine. Regardless of who Joe Haden is tasked with covering on the opposite side of the field, Skrine, all of 5-feet-9-inches, will be tasked with covering a receiver standing well north of six feet.

Skrine’s year-over-year improvement can’t be debated—we knew he was incredibly quick and highly technical, and he has been superb in the slot having been amongst league leaders in defended passes throughout most of 2013. But with Chris Owens having fallen victim to injury, it will be up to Skrine to move from the slot to the outside flanker position, covering one of the Pro Bowl-bound Bears receivers for what will amount to essentially every snap.

“I feel like I’ve been playing well all year, these are two good receivers, but every receiver in the NFL is good,” Skrine said when asked if this week would be a good test for him. “I feel like I’m becoming a smarter player, I’ve got my hands on a lot of balls this year. I’m just looking to improve game by game.”

Previous Spotlight Players:

Josh Gordon, WR
Barkevious Mingo, OLB
Brandon Weeden, QB
Jabaal Sheard, OLB
Paul Kruger, OLB
D’Qwell Jackson, ILB
Jordan Cameron, TE
Joe Haden, CB
Brandon Weeden, QB
Josh Gordon, WR

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