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Special teams ace comes home

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 7, 2009

Linebacker Jason Trusnik, who grew up in Macedonia and graduated from Nordonia High School, should be on the field Thursday after being traded from the New York Jets in the Braylon Edwards deal.

Trusnik, 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, signed with the Jets in 2007 as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio Northern and has turned into the kind of special teams ace Browns coach Eric Mangini loves.

In his three-year career, he's totalled 23 tackles, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble on special teams. Trusnik was tied for second on the Jets this year in that category with six tackles and had twice been awarded special teams game balls. He was named the AFC's special teams player of the week after Game 3 against Tennessee, when he had two tackles, forced a fumble and recovered one.

''He's really contributed in that role,'' Mangini said of Trusnik. ''He plays both outside and inside linebacker and down some in sub (packages).''

The other player acquired in the deal -- receiver Chansi Stuckey -- was a seventh-round pick of the Jets in 2007 out of Clemson. This year he earned the No. 2 role and had totalled 11 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. In 2008, he started two of 15 games and notched 32 catches for 359 yards and three touchdowns. Stuckey is 6-foot and 190 pounds.

''He played more in the slot for us last year,'' Mangini said. ''Real smart guy, good quickness, good hands, very competitive, a guy who's still developing as a pro and has done some really nice things in his career.''


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