The Patriots generally remain in a four-man front. But Sheard is claiming an appreciation for the Browns for developing his versatility.
"Throughout the course of the years, I learned three different defenses," Sheard told NESN. "I learned how to drop back. It made me diverse and able to do a number of different things. I think the three defensive coordinators definitely helped me. I think it prepared me to be a coach some day. We'll see how that goes."
Sheard's sack totals decreased every year until the last one with the Browns. It peaked at 8.5 as a rookie before dropping to seven and 5.5 the next two seasons.
Dealing with a foot injury in 2014, Sheard only had two sacks in 16 games. The
In four years with the Browns, Sheard recorded 190 tackles and 23 sacks.
Sheard, 25, has played the last four years for the Browns since the team drafted him in the second round in 2011. He has compiled 190 total tackles, 23 sacks, 12 passes defensed and seven forced fumbles.
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