Jamal Lewis hasn't run out of time with the Cleveland Browns.
The veteran running back, who was believed to be in danger of not making the team's opening-week roster, survived cuts on Saturday as Browns first-year coach Eric Mangini released 23 players but declined a chance to name his starting quarterback.
An impressive training camp by rookie James Davis and Lewis' average of just 2.6 yards on 24 carries during the exhibition season fueled speculation that Lewis, who has already eclipsed 10,000 career yards, might be among the players dropped by Mangini.
However, Mangini feels Lewis, who recently turned 30, can still be a productive back.
"Jamal has lot to contribute and I'm looking forward to seeing him as we go through the season," Mangini said. "He's a physical guy. He's a tough guy. He's a good pro and he has been a good mentor to the younger backs."
Once again, Mangini did not name a winner in Cleveland's summer-long quarterback competition between Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson. During a conference call, Mangini said he did not have "any additional information on the quarterbacks."
After not playing the two QBs in Thursday's exhibition finale at Chicago, Mangini said he had seen enough to make his decision, but has yet to do so publicly. The Browns open the regular season on Sept. 13 against Minnesota.
Mangini described finalizing the roster along with general manager George Kokinis as a "well thought-out process" and said he met individually with the players he let go.
One of the toughest cuts was veteran wide receiver David Patten, who played with Mangini in New England and won three Super Bowl titles with the Patriots.
Patten was injured for a large portion of training camp, hurting his chances to stick with the Browns.
"David is a special guy," Mangini said. "He's as humble as he was when he first started. He's a great teammate and a wonderful example for the younger players."
Among the other notable cuts were linebacker Beau Bell, a fourth-round pick in 2008, cornerback Corey Ivy and backup quarterback Richard Bartel. With Bartel gone, Brett Ratliff, who played for Mangini with the New York Jets, will likely be Cleveland's No. 3 QB behind Quinn and Anderson.
Running back Jerome Harrison, who missed much of camp with an injury, also made the squad.