BEREA - It's possible that second-year running back James Jackson will get his first carry of the season on Sunday. Jackson played in 11 games (10 starts) last year. He led the Browns in rushing with 554 yards on 195 carries, but he was plagued by ankle and rib injuries.
Butch Davis spoke highly of Jackson after drafting him last year. Davis feels that Jackson didn't report to camp this year with the same sense of urgency as he did in 2001.
"I don't think James had the type of offseason and training camp that he had a year ago," Davis said. "Last year there was an open door. If he worked hard, he had a chance to be the starter. Without putting words in James' mouth, I don't know if his pride was hurt or he deemed us in drafting William Green as a show of a lack of confidence in him.
"When he came back, he was a little less from where he was a year ago. All of those things opened the door for Jamel White. Jamel White last year and this year and for as long as he plays will be the same guy. He'll lift and watch film and bust his butt and maximize every attribute he has. If someone is going to beat him out, they're going to have their hands full."
NO BIG DEAL - A copy of Chad Johnson's prediction of a win Sunday was posted in the Browns' locker room Thursday.
If putting the story on a bulletin board was intended to get the Browns angry, it didn't. None of the players made much over the comments.
"You shouldn't need motivation to do your job," cornerback Corey Fuller said. "What sense is there in me taking shots at a team that is 1-8?"
Johnson made the prediction for a story that appeared on the Bengals' official website. Johnson also backed up Bengals coach Dick LeBeau when the latter predicted a win over Houston two weeks ago.
"It has nothing to do with Cleveland at all," Johnson said. "They just happen to be the team we're playing. We're going to win.
"I'm guaranteeing because we look good at what we're doing. I don't think there are too many teams that can stop us. There are no teams that can stop us right now when we're clicking and everything is going right. We look good."
Kevin Johnson has no problem with Chad's prediction. Kevin made a similar prediction in 1999 prior to a game against the St. Louis Rams, who won the Super Bowl that season.
"He said what everybody wants to say," Kevin said. "That's how everyone feels. If you don't feel that way, you don't belong in football. We're not going to sit here and say, 'We can't win.' That's stupid. You think we're going to go out and practice for two and a half hours and think we're going to lose a football game? That's crazy."
INJURY UPDATE: Cornerback Corey Fuller is still questionable with a hamstring injury. Fuller didn't seem confident of being able to play on an extended basis when asked about his status Wednesday, but he felt better after practice.