Bigger, Faster, Stronger
By Zac Jackson
This report filed June 11, 2003
The bad news for the AFC North Division is this: William Green looks set to pick up where he left off at the end of last season.
Green has been impressive in the Browns’ minicamp this week, looking especially quick while turning the corner and comfortable catching passes out of the backfield.
“The running backs have spent a lot of time catching passes from the jugs machine and working with the quarterbacks,” Browns Head Coach Butch Davis said. “William is definitely catching the ball better.”
With the Browns’ quarterback situation grabbing a bulk of the media attention and fellow running backs Jamel White, James Jackson and Lee Suggs making headlines with contract and injury matters, Green has been in a place he likes: out of the spotlight.
But if the end of 2002 is any indication, Green won’t be a forgotten man for long.
Green finished last season with a team-high 887 rushing yards and six touchdowns. He rushed for 726 yards over the final seven games, and capped off the season by rushing for a career-high 178 yards and two touchdowns in the Browns’ playoff-clinching win over Atlanta. Most importantly, Cleveland was 6-3 with Green in the starting lineup, 4-0 when he rushed for more than 95 yards, and 5-0 when he scored a touchdown.
And the best appears to be yet to come.
“He looks a lot quicker,” Davis said. “You see speed and explosion. He’s another guy that’s benefited from being here in the offseason.”