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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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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

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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

Johnny Manziel has moved out of his downtown apartment.

He's now living in a suburb west of the city. Manziel is trying to avoid the nightlife that derailed his rookie season and eventually landed him in rehab. The Browns failed to upgrade at quarterback during the draft, leaving Manziel as the clear No. 2 behind Josh McCown. Manziel's commitment to improving himself is encouraging but he still has a long way to go as a football player.
May 6 - 10:48 AM

Browns LT Joe Thomas says Johnny Manziel's offseason commitment has been "night and day" compared to what it was last year.

"Last year on a Saturday, you might see a picture of (Manziel) on Instagram floating in a swan drinking champagne," Thomas said. "This year on a Saturday if you came in the building, you'd see him studying his playbook and watching film with his coach. It's pretty apparent he's realized how important football is to him." It's extremely early in the offseason, of course, but at least so far, Manziel is walking the walk following his release from rehab. Manziel's Browns future will remain up in the air until/if the team passes on Marcus Mariota.
Apr 28 - 7:36 PM

Browns GM Ray Farmer says he'll "just see what happens" with Johnny Manziel.

Farmer said Manziel's standing with the team is "exactly" where it was before. "We support the young man," Farmer assured. "He took steps that he needed to take. At the end of the day, we’ve realized that he’s a part of our organization, and we’re moving forward." Farmer's words won't have meaning until next week's draft comes and goes without the Browns acquiring Marcus Mariota.
Apr 23 - 5:06 PM

Coach Mike Pettine insists Johnny Manziel remains in the Browns' plans.

Pettine called Chris Mortensen's report that the Browns have "90 percent" moved on from Manziel "90 percent inaccurate." He says he filed it in the "ridiculous category." Pettine came out swinging in Manziel's defense, but all signs point toward Josh McCown being miles ahead on the depth chart, and the Browns still working to add another quarterback. McCown's talent is such that Manziel could overtake him at some point in 2015, but that's dependent on the Browns failing to land Marcus Mariota. Owner Jimmy Haslam is fixated on finding a "franchise quarterback." So far, Haslam has looked in all the wrong places.
Apr 21 - 1:29 PM

Johnny Manziel is participating as the Browns opened their offseason program this week.

Manziel got out of rehab just in time to get the 2015 season underway. If the Browns make no changes to their quarterback situation, he'll head to camp as the underdog in a position battle with Josh McCown. Manziel has to earn the trust back of the team after failing to prepare himself properly as a rookie.
Apr 21 - 8:28 AM

ESPN Browns reporter Jeremy Fowler reports Johnny Manziel has been released from a drug and alcohol treatment facility.

Manziel spent more than two months in the treatment facility trying to get his life and career back on track. The former is obviously the most important, but the focus will now change to Manziel's murky future with the Browns. Cleveland appears to have moved on from last year's first-round pick. They actively pursued Sam Bradford this offseason, and are reportedly interested in trading up for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. If Cleveland cannot land a quarterback before training camp, Manziel would compete with journeyman QB Josh McCown for the starting job. If his focus is fully on football, Manziel has the talent to win that battle.
Apr 11 - 11:43 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the Eagles are not interested in trading for Johnny Manziel.

A rumor hit the internets earlier this week that had the Eagles and Browns talking about a deal that would send Manziel plus draft picks to Philadelphia for Sam Bradford. Cole doesn't deny that the two teams have been talking, but says the discussions have centered around the Eagles wanting to acquire the Browns' first-round picks in an effort to move up in the draft for Marcus Mariota.
Apr 8 - 1:41 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen says the Browns have mostly "moved on" from Johnny Manziel.

Just one year after taking Manziel with the No. 22 overall pick, the Browns appear to be throwing in the towel. "When they were putting together half of a new offensive staff, Manziel’s name barely even came up in conversation," Mort said. SI's Peter King chimed in Monday, saying Mort's take is 100 percent accurate and that Josh McCown in the "dominant talking point" in the organization. Furthermore, it's been confirmed the Browns were (and may still be) trying to trade for Sam Bradford. Manziel is coming out of rehab and entering a steep climb on the depth chart.
Apr 6 - 9:30 AM

Johnny Manziel could be discharged from rehab as soon as this week.

Unsurprisingly, Manziel will be ready to make his way back into society just in time for OTAs. He has his work cut out for him if he's going to be the Browns' Week 1 starter. ESPN's Chris Mortensen thinks it's "about 90 percent" that the team has "moved on" from Manziel. And team leader Joe Thomas said the No. 22 overall pick from last year lost "a lot of trust among the guys on the team" by being ill-prepared to play late in his rookie season. Meanwhile, the Browns have added Josh McCown and wanted to trade for Sam Bradford.
Apr 6 - 7:12 AM

Browns coach Mike Pettine confirms the team expects Johnny Manziel to participate in the offseason program.

Manziel has been in rehab since January 28. "When he is back, it will be full speed ahead for him," Pettine said. "I think he's very anxious at this point." The Browns have worked desperately to bring in competition for Manziel, but have thus far only managed Josh McCown. Although the team appears ready to move on, Manziel is in the mix for the 2015 starting job as things stand now.
Mar 24 - 5:57 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Josh McCown
2Johnny Manziel
3Connor Shaw
4Thad Lewis
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Terrance West
3Duke Johnson
4Shaun Draughn
5Glenn Winston
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Terrance West
3RB1Terrance West
2Duke Johnson
WR11Dwayne Bowe
2Taylor Gabriel
3Vince Mayle
4Marlon Moore
5Kevin Cone
WR21Brian Hartline
2Andrew Hawkins
3Travis Benjamin
4Rodney Smith
5Paul Browning
WR31Andrew Hawkins
TE1Rob Housler
2Jim Dray
3Gary Barnidge
4Malcolm Johnson
5Randall Telfer
K1Travis Coons
2Carey Spear