Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine spoke to media following Monday's practice.
Pettine was asked about the role for linebacker Paul Kruger, "I see Paul taking on more of a leadership role. The good thing about it is that it is not forced. I just think that he feels very comfortable in the system coming off a very successful year a year ago. He sees a place, a void where he can step up and in his own way be a leader, and he has done it."
Pettine was also asked if there was a training camp jump for linebacker Christian Kirksey, ""I thought Chris did some really good things for us last year. It was typical some rookie issues, but I thought for the most part, he handled it very well. He did a very nice job on special teams. He was kind of job sharing with (LB) Craig (Robertson) at that second linebacker spot. When (LB) Karlos (Dansby) got hurt, his reps went up and he responded and played well. He has taken that natural jump into Year 2. That is why we have very high expectations for him and obviously holding him to a very high standard."
On Tuesday, the Browns will have their last practice before their first pre-season game on Thursday against the Washington Redskins.