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Postby slowkidz » Sun Jul 11, 2004 10:01 am

Next Step Excites Thompson
By Fred Greetham
This report filed July 9, 2004


Butch Davis says he's ready.

Chaun Thompson says he's ready.

Now, the second-year linebacker hopes the fans
see that he's ready.

"A lot of people questioned the (draft) pick at
the time," Thompson said. "I need to make people
believers in me.

"I have a lot of confidence in myself," he said.
"I've improved my strength in the weight room and
have made the commitment to do what I need to
do."

Thompson (6-foot-2, 250) was promoted to the
starting weak side linebacker position during the
offseason. He was drafted in the second-round of
the 2003 NFL Draft (52nd overall) out of West
Texas A & M, a Division II school.

In his rookie season, Thompson tied for fifth in
special team tackles with eleven. In limited
action from the line of scrimmage, he had four
tackles (3 solo, one assist).

"Last year, I played on special teams the whole
season," he said. "I think that will make the
transition easier for me this year."

As many young players learn the system and rigors
of the NFL, they become more productive.

"Being familiar now with the defense helps a
lot," Thompson said. "I can just read and react.
Last year, it was more read, think and then
react. I get to use my athleticism in this
defense.

"I have confidence in myself," he said. "I met
with the coaches a lot in the offseason. I feel I
have the defense down pretty well, now."

Thompson thinks 2004 can be a banner year for the
Browns defense.

"When 11 guys come together as a team, it can
produce great results," he said. "In college, it
was not that way at all."

Thompson had 358 tackles in college, including
eight sacks. He also had 40 tackles for loss.
Thompson registered over 100 tackles in each of
his final three seasons. West Texas A & M was
0-11 in Thompson's senior year.

Thompson feels he has overcome several obstacles
in his journey to the NFL. Now, he is determined
to make it to the top and not be content to just
be in the league.

"I want to get better and better every game I
play," Thompson said. " I feel that if I do the
same as I did yesterday, I cheated the Browns."
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