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Crennel Not Worried About Rogers’ Issues


Browns coach Romeo Crennel is coming out and defending the teams offseason move to get D-lineman Shaun Rogers from the Lions for DB Leigh Bodden and a third-round draft pick. Many feel that Rogers is overrated, and that in his tenure in Detroit he underachieved. Crennel feels that a change of scenery will do Rogers good. “The thing we know about Shaun is he has tremendous ability for a big man,” Crennel told the News-Herald. “The other thing I know, and I’ve seen happen, is guys when they have a change of scenery, a different program, their attitude and perspective changes. Corey Dillon went from Cincinnati to New England and was a model citizen with good production. So I know it can happen.

“Even though there are some in Detroit who have some concerns what we may be able to get from (Rogers), I think with that kind of ability, you give him that new perspective and a chance to show he can be consistent. When you go to those people in Detroit, they will also tell you he’s a handful. We have to get him to be consistently a handful every snap he’s on the field.”

Rogers has been asked to learn both nose tackle and right end in the Browns defense. Cleveland gave Rogers a contract extension from three to six years, which is a head scratcher since we’re talking about a guy whose weight got at points as high as 400 pounds according to reports. Right now reports have him about 375, which is a weight that the Browns want him to go no higher than once camps kick off following the draft.

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