While White continues to split the first-team reps with rookie William Green in practice, the Browns want to give their first-round pick an opportunity to start right away. They also want to keep White in the third-down role. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has said that White is perfect for that role, despite the fact that the third-year back hates the "third-down" title.
White is the consummate professional. Even if he thinks he is not getting a fair shot to win the starting job or that his preseason performance has been under appreciated, he is not saying it. He seams resigned to the fact that he is destined to be the third-down back, and said he has no choice but to embrace the role and make the most of any opportunity to help
"That's just the way it is," said White. "Obviously I want to play, but if I don't, what am I going to do? ... I'll do whatever they ask me to do. If that means playing on the first, second, or third team, I just want to play."
After an impressive effort in a starting role against Minnesota in the preseason opener, White was replaced in the starting lineup by Green last week. He carried the ball only once for 1 yard and caught one pass for 8 yards.
Jamel White - on being the 3rd down back
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