Jamel White: Assault on the Depth Chart

Mike McLain reports on Jamel White's relentless work ethic, and how he is finally gaining the attention of the Browns coaching staff. After another impressive display in Rochester, Jamel may finally get his chance.

Don't be surprised if there's a change on the depth chart when the Browns return to the practice field on Monday.

If one week of practices and two days of work against the Buffalo Bills in Rochester proved anything, it's that Jamel White has been the most-impressive running back in camp. He's working behind William Green and James Jackson, but perhaps only for a short time.

Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians spoke telling words after Saturday's scrimmage. He said that White was "the one guy who stood out all the time."

Arians was pressed further on the subject of White. When asked why White isn't ahead of Jackson on the depth chart, Arians said, "We haven't had a staff meeting, yet."

The situation in the offensive backfield has become a concern. Green missed the first five days of practice and has now been slowed by a shoulder injury. Arians is worried about the loss of fullback J.J. Johnson, who could miss another two to five weeks because of a neck injury.

Arians wants the offense to be built around a powerful running attack. Without a solid blocker and a good inside runner like Green, Arians' goals will be difficult to achieve.

"We want to line up with a fullback that can hit you right in the mouth," Arians said. "It's again backstepping because we lost the fullback. I think our offensive line is starting to jell, and it looks like the rust is starting to come off (tight end) Rickey Dudley. It's the other components in the backfield (that aren't in place)."

Jackson had two positive moments in the scrimmage. He rushed for 6 yards to move the chains, and his 11-yard gain moved the ball to the Bills' 6 on the last play of the 12-play possession.

Jackson fumbled on one of the goal-line plays. He also scored on the same three-play sequence. White has been productive on a consistent basis. He ran well behind the first-team offensive line on the second series.

MAKING STRIDES: Receiver Dennis Northcutt has talked about making the roster. He might want to begin to think about starting. Northcutt followed up on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Kelly Holcomb on Friday with a 65-yard scoring strike from Holcomb in the scrimmage.

"That (starting) isn't something that I'm worried about. If that's the case, it will happen," Northcutt said. "That's just like in spring when they drafted another receiver. 'Are you worried about your job?' I'm not worried about anything. This is a long time. Believe me, I'm not worried about it. It's not on my mind at all."

NOT A PROBLEM: Offensive guard Tre Johnson remained on the ground for a few seconds after a play on the Browns' second series. He limped back to the huddle but was able to take part in the final two plays of the 12-play possession.

"I took a shot on it (his leg)," Johnson said. "They took a look at it, and it was all right."

ON TARGET: Corey Fuller might be playing better than anyone in camp. He added an interception to his 2002 resume on Saturday. No Browns receiver or any of the Bills talented group of wideouts has been able to have success against Fuller.

"He made a statement Friday and today," defensive coordinator Foge Fazio said. "He just shut people down. I talked to Mr. Wilson's daughter, who is a scout, and she said, 'Corey Fuller was outstanding,' and she was telling the truth. He had a heck of a day on Friday."

Ralph Wilson is the longtime owner of the Bills. His daughter, Linda Bogdan, is a corporate vice-president who works in the scouting department. She's the only active female scout in the NFL.

IN THE PITS: Each team was given three plays from the other team's 2-yard line at the end of three of the five 12-play possessions. Buffalo scored once on its first crack, a run by Travis Henry. Henry fumbled the ball on the second play when he was hit by Earl Holmes and Jamir Miller. Fuller recovered the fumble.

Jackson was given the ball three times for the Browns. He was stopped for no gain the first try. On the second attempt he fumbled when hit by Aaron Schobel. Jackson scored on his third try.

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