BEREA — Paul Kruger is a good big brother. He lets Dave hang out with him in the cafeteria and ask as many questions as he wants about training camp.
“We’re best friends. Even back home we live together,” Paul said. “So honestly, it’s real special having him here.
“Not only is it cool and fun, but it makes it easier to get through the day. Having your best friend there all the time makes it more enjoyable to work and makes it fun to be out here.”
Paul Kruger was the Browns’ top free-agent acquisition, signing a five-year, $40.5 million deal. Dave is an undrafted rookie out of Utah.
Paul is 6-foot-4, 270 pounds and plays outside linebacker. Dave is 6-5, 285 and plays defensive end.
“To be able to help him through the process is pretty special for me as an older brother,” Paul said. “It’s definitely something I was really hoping for and, man, I’m just glad the coaches had the faith and confidence in him to bring him out here. It’s definitely kinda like a dream-come-true type thing.”
Dave says Paul is generous with the tips, which is a big benefit for a rookie down the depth chart who might not receive the full attention of the coaches.
What’s been his best advice?
“Just to be as violent as possible, as far as with your hands. Explosive,” Dave said. “Straining your body is probably what stuck out to me.”
Paul is 27 and Dave 23. Dave said they’ve been best friends for about 15 years, once he stopped being “immature and little.”
“We’ve pretty much been super close all our lives,” Dave said. “We’ve always been best friends.”
Dave doesn’t want to be separated in September.
“The No. 1 goal is obviously to make the team and then just being a standout, being a playmaker,” said Dave, who’s been rotating in with the third-team defense. “You see examples of undrafted guys not just making the team, but getting a second contract in the millions of dollars.
“Is it unlikely? Yes. Is it possible? Yes, it is. I’m going to do all that I can and use all my talents and abilities and try to make the team.”
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