By Sean McClelland
Dayton Daily News
BEREA | He didn't make Butch Davis' list of top offseason workout warriors, but one look at running back William Green tells you he didn't spend his free time watching soap operas and eating bonbons.
Green's physique is more chiseled and he seemed quicker than ever last week during minicamp, not to mention more sure-handed and confident when it came to catching the football.
"I know the system and I know the plays now," Green said. "I can just work on my game. I don't have to go out there and think. It's more like a reaction. I'm a lot more comfortable than last year."
Green wants to build on what he did as a rookie, when he rushed for 726 yards on 172 carries (4.2 avg.) and five touchdowns over the final seven regular-season games after Davis and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians streamlined the playbook and committed to him. Pittsburgh shut off the faucet in the playoffs, holding him to 30 yards on 25 carries.
"There's definitely still a lot of room for improvement," Green said. "I'm looking forward to seeing how the year's going to turn out. My goal is every time I walk off the field to be satisfied with my performance, and if I can do that I think everything will work out. I'm my biggest critic."
Green will be a workhorse, health permitting. But with Jamel White still around, he might not be used as the prototypical, every-down feature back. The Browns recently gave White a $1.3 million signing bonus and a four-year contract extension for a reason.