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Johnny Manziel | Quarterback

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (22) / 12/6/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 210
College: Texas A&M
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Browns coach Mike Pettine calls Johnny Manziel the team's "clearcut" No. 2 quarterback on the eve of training camp.
It jibes with everything we heard all offseason, though Pettine did decline to unequivocally name Josh McCown his Week 1 starter. Manziel was an unmitigated disaster as a rookie, but McCown was arguably the league's worst quarterback when he took the field for the Bucs. With Manziel supposedly practicing and behaving better, the door is still ajar for him to make starts. Jul 27 - 2:45 PM

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Johnny Manziel worked out with Jon Gruden this summer.

Per reporter Pat McManamon, the duo concentrated on "film work and mechanics." As evidenced by Gruden's QB Camp, the former Bucs and Raiders coach is a total film junkie. It's just another step for Manziel as he works to get his career out of the gutter. He opens camp as the clear No. 2 to Josh McCown's No. 1.
Jul 25 - 9:28 AM

Johnny Manziel has struggled with "throwing accuracy" at spring practices.

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi says Manziel has impressed the coaching staff with "improvement in little things, such as getting the plays called and off on time," but his ball placement remains a major issue. Grossi believes Connor Show or even Thad Lewis could eventually challenge Manziel to be the Browns' No. 2 quarterback behind locked-in (imagine that) starter Josh McCown.
Jun 19 - 10:55 AM

OC John DeFilippo reiterated Josh McCown will enter training camp as the starter.

Nothing has changed. If the Browns had to play a game right now, they feel McCown would give them a far better chance to win than Johnny Manziel. It's going to take a lot of on-field progress during camp for Johnny Football to seize the job -- quitting drinking and dumping the "money sign" won't be enough.
Jun 18 - 10:28 AM

Johnny Manziel said he has retired the money sign.

Manziel is trying to sell everyone on his improved maturity. Dumping the trademark sign he flashed at every opportunity over the last few years is an easy step. "Last year is last year, it was what it was and it was not very good," Manziel said. "So for me, I’m trying to close that chapter and just build on what I've done so far this year and just move forward, and try to close that chapter in my life." Johnny Football will enter camp firmly behind Josh McCown.
Jun 18 - 8:16 AM

ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon said Johnny Manziel fumbled three snaps in a span of six plays at Tuesday's practice.

All of his fumbles came in the shotgun. Manziel seems to have gotten his personal life under control, but on the football field he's still having trouble grasping basic concepts. The Browns haven't ruled out the idea of starting Manziel, but at this point, he just doesn't have the chops to beat out Josh McCown.
Jun 16 - 1:28 PM

Browns QB coach Kevin O’Connell wouldn’t rule out Johnny Manziel starting.

"My thoughts on Johnny haven't changed," said O’Connell, who worked with Manziel during last year’s pre-draft process. "Right now coach Pettine's been very clear that Josh McCown is here for a reason, but we build everything around competition." McCown is comfortably ahead of Manziel at OTAs. Manziel hasn't shown anything to think he'll factor into the Week 1 job, but could make starts this season when 36-year-old McCown inevitably struggles.
Jun 13 - 5:05 PM

Johnny Manziel is living with his former high school coach in the Cleveland area.

Julius Scott was Kerrville Tivy (TX) High School's offensive coordinator and had a major influence on Manziel. Per the Houston Chronicle, Scott was the disciplinarian for Manziel and his teammates at the time. It looks like Johnny Football is serious about keeping his nose clean -- now the question is if he can play NFL-caliber football on the field. He's behind Josh McCown in their quarterback battle right now.
Jun 11 - 7:36 AM

Johnny Manziel was involved in an incident Saturday at the Byron Nelson Classic in Irving, Texas.

Manziel threw a water bottle at an 18-year-old who was harassing him by the Four Seasons' pool. No charges were filed and police said Manziel did not show any signs of being intoxicated. Unless more details surface about the incident, this should be a non-story.
May 31 - 1:07 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi describes Johnny Manziel as a "fish out of water" in the Browns' new offense.

The job of Cleveland's quarterback under new OC John DeFilippo is to manage games and "play within the structure of a conservative game plan." Manziel's strength -- at Texas A&M, at least -- was improvisation. Manziel has reportedly struggled in OTAs practices, and Grossi writes that Johnny Football's "skills don’t coincide with what the Browns are asking of their quarterback." It's looking less and less likely that Manziel will give Josh McCown a serious Week 1 run.
May 29 - 8:55 PM

Teammate Donte Whitner has praised Johnny Manziel's work ethic this offseason.

Whitner says Manziel has been showing up early and leaving late. Whitner is the second Browns veteran to praise Manziel's newly nose-to-the-grindstone attitude, joining LT Joe Thomas. Manziel has opened OTAs as the No. 2 quarterback behind Josh McCown, but we'd be surprised if he didn't make starts this season.
May 26 - 2:54 PM

Johnny Manziel was the Browns' second-string quarterback as OTAs opened Tuesday.

As expected, veteran journeyman Josh McCown took the first-team reps. After last year's utter meltdown on and off the field, Manziel will have to earn the trust of his coaches and team before he climbs the depth chart. So far, all signs have been good since he got out of rehab. We're likely looking at a true competition in training camp.
May 26 - 11:26 AM

A league source told Yahoo Sports that Browns coach Mike Pettine "was ready to move on" from Johnny Manziel when Manziel checked himself into rehab following an abysmal rookie season.

A separate league source told Yahoo's Charles Robinson that owner Jimmy Haslam, GM Ray Farmer, and new OC John DeFilippo "still believe Manziel can be salvaged." Despite his head coach's skepticism, there is still enough support inside the Browns' building that Manziel will get a long look in his second NFL training camp. His lone real obstacle to be Cleveland's starter is Josh McCown, who turns 36 in July and committed 18 turnovers in 11 starts last year.
May 15 - 11:30 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot doesn't think Johnny Manziel has "much of a chance" to start Week 1.

This is speculation, not reporting from Cabot's sources within the Browns. It's also what the Browns probably want everyone to think as they take pressure off Manziel and let him focus on football. While Josh McCown is the odds-on favorite to start Week 1, Manziel has the far higher ceiling and the Browns need to find out if he can recover from the rookie-year disaster. Expect JFF to make starts this season, even if they don't come in September.
May 11 - 9:56 AM

Browns OC John DeFilippo says Johnny Manziel has been "a consummate professional" so far during offseason activities.

DeFilippo was coaching Derek Carr in Oakland last season, and therefore missed out on Manziel making a brutally-poor first-year impression. His praise of Manziel sounds genuine. "He's spent every hour that he's been allowed to spend in this building," DeFilippo said. "... I can't predict the future, but all I can do is tell you right now Johnny Manziel is putting himself in a position to be a quarterback in the NFL." If Manziel keeps his head on straight, he should pose a legitimate challenge to Josh McCown for the Browns' Opening Day quarterback nod.
May 9 - 8:08 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Josh McCown
2Johnny Manziel
3Connor Shaw
4Thad Lewis
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3Terrance West
4Shaun Draughn
5Glenn Winston
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Terrance West
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Terrance West
WR11Dwayne Bowe
2Taylor Gabriel
3Vince Mayle
4Terrelle Pryor
5Marlon Moore
WR21Brian Hartline
2Andrew Hawkins
3Travis Benjamin
4Josh Lenz
5Shane Wynn
WR31Andrew Hawkins
TE1Rob Housler
2Jim Dray
3Gary Barnidge
4Malcolm Johnson
5Randall Telfer
K1Travis Coons
2Carey Spear