Browns add fullback to the fray
BEREA, Ohio — Pressley has entered the building.
The Browns have finally added a fullback to the roster by adding former Bengals fullback Chris Pressley to the team.
Pressley (5-10, 249) is in his sixth season, but missed the majority of the 2013 season with a knee injury on the Bengals. He was the starting fullback for the Bengals in 2011-12 before spending the majority of the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list before he was released in December.
In his career, Pressley has played in 43 games with 20 starts for the Bengals and Buccaneers. He has caught six passes for 28 yards in his career, including a touchdown.
Pressley was the lead blocker for the Bengals in 2012 and helped block for BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who lead the league in third-and-one conversions (14-of-15).
He hopes to develop the right chemistry with Ben Tate and the other Browns backs.
"That’s what happened when I worked with BenJarvus," Pressley said. "We got on the same page and developed good communication. I just want to help (the backs) get into the end zone."
Pressley thinks he will be a good fit in the Browns zone-blocking scheme employed by offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
"We did a lot of zone blocking while I was in Cincinnati," he said. "You just have to get in the flow and timing is key. It’s a great scheme as long as we execute. I think I fit in well with that because I have been playing in it a while."
Pressley said he has rehabbed his knee and he is ready to go heading into 2014.
"I think my best football is in front of me and I’m ready to help the Browns."
The Browns did not employ a fullback in the offense in 2013, having Chris Ogbonnaya listed as the starting fullback. Tight end Gary Barnidge was used as an H-back in formations.
"I think being a fullback is underrated," he said. "I think it’s a position that’s going to be here for a long time. With being a fullback, it’s all about your heart and giving your all week in and week out.
"I just love playing tough football."