BEREA - Look for William Green to see more action in Saturday's preseason home opener against the Detroit Lions.
Butch Davis said he isn't certain how long the first-team offense and defense will be on the field (probably a quarter and a half), but he made it clear that Green will get a long look. Green had just six carries for 11 yards after replacing Jamel White.
"Jamel will play some, but we want to see more of William," Davis said. "We actually wanted to play James Jackson more the other night. The possession he was supposed to go in, we had the interception and ran it back for a touchdown, then there was a turnover and they were down near the goal line. Those two guys (Green and Jackson) will see more time than they did in Minnesota."
These next few weeks will be pivotal for Jackson, who hasn't stood out in camp.
"He's in a battle, and he knows it," Davis said. "Jamel White has fought himself into the battle by his performance, and Autry Denson is another guy that you can't deny the fact he's gone on the field and made some plays."
ANOTHER MILLER: Add Arnold Miller to the list of players who could have a more significant role in the absence of Jamir Miller. Anthony Denman is working with the ones in the base defense, while Miller practiced with the first unit as an end on passing downs on Wednesday.
"The other night (against Minnesota), he and Mark Word were doing a good job of getting legitimate heat on the quarterback," Davis said. "They're going to get opportunities. Courtney Brown and Kenard Lang aren't going to take an enormous amount of repetitions. We have seven or eight other defensive linemen fighting for four or five spots."
BAD DAY: Tim Couch admitted that the offense was off its game during the morning practice. He blamed it on training-camp boredom. The good news is that two-a-days officially ended Wednesday.
The first-team offense did move inside the 20-yard line during the two-minute drill before the drive stalled. The second and third teams didn't fare as well. Production in those drills, however, has been better than last year.
"We're light years ahead of where we were a year ago," Davis said. "It was embarrassing. We'd have three offensive plays and maybe the offense would be on the sideline. There would be three incomplete passes, or they'd throw a pick (interception), or there would be a sack."
NOT BACK YET: Lewis Sanders was absent from Wednesday's practices. Sanders is attending to matters concerning the funeral of a grandfather.
STATUS QUO: This shouldn't come as a surprise: Earl Holmes and Tre Johnson didn't practice and it's doubtful either will play against Detroit. Davis is hopeful that both will be able to practice next week and perhaps play in the final two preseason games.
END OF THE LINE: Thursday marks the official end of training camp, which means fans will no longer have access to practices after the afternoon session Thursday. As is custom at this stage of camp, the team conducted its rookie skit night tonight.