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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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Johnny Manziel describes his elbow injury as "tendinitis," and says it's something he's dealt with since his freshman year of college.
Manziel also reveals he received a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, but that the famed orthopedic surgeon didn't recommend surgery. Both Manziel and coach Mike Pettine expect him to be ready to back up Josh McCown in Week 1. Sep 1 - 4:56 PM

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Johnny Manziel (elbow) has yet to resume throwing.

As expected, he'll miss Thursday's preseason finale. It's a missed opportunity to put something good on film, but Manziel's odds of making starts this year have more to do with Josh McCown's early-season effectiveness than anything else.
Sep 1 - 2:11 PM

The Browns are expected to shut down Johnny Manziel (elbow soreness) for the rest of the preseason.

An MRI on Manziel’s elbow showed no structural damage, but the Browns plan to hold him out of the final two preseason games. "I see it as a minor setback," coach Mike Pettine said. "If this was the regular season, it might be a different story." With Connor Shaw sidelined, the Browns will likely add a quarterback behind Josh McCown and Thad Lewis. Manziel should be cleared before Week 1, but this hurts his chances of making early-season starts.
Aug 26 - 5:55 PM

The Browns believe Johnny Manziel's three-quarter release is what's causing his elbow pain, but they don't want him to change his throwing motion.

"I think that’s an advantage that he has," coach Mike Pettine said. "There are times he’ll change his arm angle to make a throw. If you stick with your traditional throwing motion, the ball (might) get knocked down (in some situations)." Impressed with Manziel's summer, the Browns are hopeful he'll be ready for this weekend's regular season dress rehearsal.
Aug 24 - 3:32 PM

Browns OC John DeFilippo said QB Johnny Manziel is a "new man" this season.

He added the sophomore's understanding of the game has changed drastically. Josh McCown appears locked in as the Browns' Week 1 starter, but he was dreadful in Tampa Bay last season and looked bad in the second preseason game. It remains likely Manziel gets starts this season. Manziel is currently sitting out practice due to soreness in his elbow.
Aug 24 - 10:43 AM

Johnny Manziel left Sunday's practice with discomfort in his throwing elbow.

He missed practice with a similar injury on August 13. Manziel is expected to sit out a few days but coach Mike Pettine said he doesn't "anticipate it being anything serious." The second-year quarterback has had a decent preseason, completing 17-of-29 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown.
Aug 23 - 12:24 PM

Johnny Manziel completed 10-of-18 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown, and rushed three times for 19 yards in the Browns' second preseason game.

He played the second half after Josh McCown handled the first two quarters. Following a rough third frame, Manziel settled in against Buffalo's deep reserves in the fourth. Johnny Football hit someone named Darius Jennings for a 37-yard gain streaking down the middle of the field, before hooking up with someone named Shane Wynn for a 21-yard TD. Through two preseason appearances, Manziel is 17-of-29 passing for 160 yards and one score. Manziel has rushed five times for 33 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown run in the exhibition opener.
Aug 20 - 10:57 PM

Johnny Manziel completed 7-of-11 passes for 42 yards in the Browns' preseason opener Thursday night.

He added 14 rushing yards and one touchdown on two scrambles. Josh McCown played one series, going 5-for-5 passing with a touchdown, before giving way to Manziel. Johnny Football led the Browns' second unit to a touchdown on his first possession but didn't do much after. McCown has a comfortable lead.
Aug 13 - 10:19 PM

Johnny Manziel (elbow soreness) was limited in Tuesday's practice, but is expected to be ready for Thursday's preseason opener.

"It just comes from the high volume of throws," OC Kevin O’Connell said. "He’s obviously worked very, very hard every day, not only in camp, but prior to camp, to be ready." Josh McCown is expected to play roughly one quarter with the starters before giving way to Manziel and the second-team offense on Thursday.
Aug 11 - 7:04 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine expects Johnny Manziel to spend time with the first-team offense in the preseason.

Manziel was expected to get first-team reps in Friday's team scrimmage, but it didn't happen. "With guys who were nicked up and not able to go, we just couldn’t get them both enough reps," Pettine said of Manziel and Josh McCown. "It’ll happen in the preseason game." Pettine continues to put on a brave face about McCown at quarterback, but has made it clear his No. 1 job isn't signed, sealed and delivered. The Browns appear at least open to the possibility of Manziel stealing starting duties, even if it's unlikely.
Aug 8 - 10:53 AM

Johnny Manziel did not receive playing time with the first-team offense at the Browns' Friday not intrasquad scrimmage.

Manziel did look sharp with the twos, however, going 9-of-11 passing for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Observers were pleasantly surprised with Manziel's play; he made smart decisions and got rid of the football quickly. Manziel remains unlikely to challenge Josh McCown for Cleveland's starting job before Week 1, but we're expecting him to make in-season starts at some point.
Aug 8 - 12:03 AM

Johnny Manziel will receive reps with the first-team offense in a Friday scrimmage.

Coach Mike Pettine continues to insist Josh McCown is "firmly" the starter, but firm starters don't cede camp reps to potential challengers. Manziel's camp got off to a rocky start, but ESPN Cleveland reported Tuesday that he's made "tangible" progress. Pettine and the Browns desperately want McCown to start, but he simply might not be good enough.
Aug 6 - 1:13 PM

ESPN Cleveland says there's "tangible evidence" of Johnny Manziel's improvement through four training camp practices.

Manziel became the butt of (more) jokes when he bungled his first few camp reps. But the Browns appear pleased with their backup quarterback's progress, as he's gone 43-of-62 (69.3 percent) in camp drills while showing improved accuracy. Starter Josh McCown has gone 54-of-75 (72.0 percent).
Aug 4 - 9:51 AM

Johnny Manziel struggled out of the gate as the Browns opened camp Thursday.

Working exclusively with the second-stringers, Manziel's first four dropbacks went like this: Sack, sack, pass nearly intercepted, pass batted down at the line. Rehab may not have been the answer to Johnny Football's on-field woes. We're not going to overreact to one padless practice in July, but the Browns have already said the gap between starter Josh McCown and Manziel is wide.
Jul 30 - 9:51 PM

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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2Johnny Manziel
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4Pat Devlin
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2Duke Johnson
3Terrance West
4Shaun Draughn
5Glenn Winston
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Terrance West
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Terrance West
FB1Malcolm Johnson
2Manasseh Garner
WR11Dwayne Bowe
2Taylor Gabriel
3Vince Mayle
4Terrelle Pryor
5Marlon Moore
WR21Brian Hartline
2Andrew Hawkins
3Travis Benjamin
4Josh Lenz
WR31Andrew Hawkins
TE1Gary Barnidge
2Jim Dray
3Rob Housler
4E.J. Bibbs
5Randall Telfer
K1Travis Coons