Buster Skrine

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Buster Skrine
No. 41 New York Jets
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-04-26) April 26, 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth: Decatur, Georgia
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Woodstock (GA) Etowah
College: Chattanooga
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 137
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Total tackles: 338
Sacks: 2.0
Interceptions: 8
Pass deflections: 62
Player stats at NFL.com

Darryl Frank Skrine Jr.[1] (pronounced "screen") (born April 26, 1989), nicknamed Buster, is an American football cornerback for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Early years[edit]

Skrine attended Etowah High School in Woodstock, Georgia, where he starred in both offense and defense. As a junior, he was named All-County at defensive back as a junior and was selected team's Most Valuable Player of the year after recording 61 tackles and two interceptions. He was a five-time County Player of the Week, and helped lead the Eagles to an 8-4 record and the second-round of the state playoffs, where Etowah won its first Region 5A title in school history. As a senior, he led Cherokee County in rushing yards with 1,071 on 167 rushes and 15 touchdowns. He caught 17 balls for 363 yards and a score as a receiver, and also tallied 89 tackles from the secondary with 66 solo stops, had one interception and a fumble recovery. For his senior season, he earned All-county, All-region and All-state honors, and was named as the Cherokee County Player of the Year.

Skrine was also a top competitor in track & field. He won the 2007 County Championship in the triple jump (43-3 or 13.25m) and finished second in the long jump (22-7 or 6.92m), leading this to earn All-County honors in track.

College career[edit]

Skrine attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he was twice named to the First Team All-Southern Conference.[2][3][4]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 186 lb 8 7/8 in 4.48 s 1.56 s 2.50 s 3.90 s 6.44 s 37 in 10 ft 2 in 20 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Skrine was selected in the 5th round (137th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.[6] In August 2011, Browns coach Pat Shurmur praised Skrine's performance in the pre-season: "Buster competes. He's a scrappy guy. A real gym rat. You see him flash. Neither one is intimidated by the other. It's been good."[7][8]

2011 season[edit]

Skrine played sparingly early in his rookie season, but as the year went on he gained more playing time. Skrine finished his rookie season with 18 tackles, 2 pass deflections, and his first career interception that came against the Arizona Cardinals in week 15.

2012 season[edit]

Skrine joined the second team defense in 2012, listed as the second left cornerback behind Pro Bowler Joe Haden.[9] He broke out as a full-time player, playing in all 16 games and finishing with 85 tackles and 11 pass deflections.[10] He came up big against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers in week 12, recovering a fumble that helped the Browns win 20-14 at home.[11]

2013 season[edit]

Amid coaching changes that included Head Coach Pat Shurmur being replaced with Rob Chudzinski, and Ray Horton being hired as the new defensive coordinator, Buster Skrine became the starting right cornerback across from Joe Haden at left cornerback.[12] Skrine finished the season with 65 tackles, including his first career sack. He also had one interception and a career-high 18 passes defended.[13]

2014 season[edit]

Again playing all 16 games, Buster Skrine had numbers similar to his 2013 campaign, finishing the season with 67 tackles, 18 passes defended, and a career-high 4 interceptions.[14]

New York Jets[edit]

2015 season[edit]

Skrine signed a five-year contract with the New York Jets on March 10, 2015.[15][16]


Skrine was given the nickname "Buster" from his grandmother because his father also shares the same first name.[17] Skrine began teaching high-intensity interval training classes during the 2017 offseason out of the Kore studio located in New York City's Meatpacking District.[18]


  1. ^ "ESPN Profile". ESPN.com. 
  2. ^ "Buster Skrine Bio". UT Chattanooga. 
  3. ^ John Frierson (April 11, 2008). "Skrine emerges as young leader in secondary for UTC". Times Free Press. 
  4. ^ "Ex-Mocs happy lockout is over". Times Free Press. July 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "NFL Combine: Buster Skrine". NFL.com. NFL.com. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Browns take corner Buster Skrine in 5th round". Boston Herald. August 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ Mike McLain (August 11, 2011). "Rookie corner Skrine turning heads". Tribune Chronicle. 
  8. ^ "Cleveland Browns rookie Buster Skrine quickly becoming a hit in training camp". Cleveland Plain Dealer. August 11, 2011. 
  9. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2012/08/cleveland_browns_first_depth_c_1.html
  10. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/14139/buster-skrine
  11. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/blog/index.ssf/2012/11/cleveland_browns_celebrate_a_d.html
  12. ^ http://fansided.com/2013/09/08/cleveland-browns-2013-depth-chart/
  13. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/14139/buster-skrine
  14. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/14139/buster-skrine
  15. ^ Martin, Kimberley (March 10, 2015). "Darrelle Revis to return to Jets, who also add cornerback Buster Skrine". Newsday. Archived from the original on March 11, 2015. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  16. ^ Lange, Randy (March 11, 2015). "CB Buster Skrine Signs with the Jets". NewYorkJets.com. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Combine Player Proiles – Buster Skrine", nfl.com, NFL, retrieved April 30, 2011 
  18. ^ Fleming, Kirsten (2017-03-13). "Where to get your ass kicked by a New York Jet". New York Post. Retrieved 2017-03-14. 

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