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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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Coach Mike Pettine threw more support behind Johnny Manziel at his Monday press conference.
"We didn't play well around him," Pettine said following Cleveland's Week 15 shutout loss. "We feel he gives us an opportunity to win." Pettine went so far as to say the Browns would not have beaten the Bengals on Sunday were Brian Sipe their quarterback. Manziel will be a low-end QB2 in Week 16 at Carolina. Dec 15 - 4:11 PM

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Coach Mike Pettine said Johnny Manziel will start Week 16 against the Panthers.

It also sounded like Manziel will be the starting quarterback through Week 17. That comes as no surprise. It will give the coaching staff three games of tape on Manziel and allow him to get his feet wet before 2015. Johnny Football finished with about as horrific a stat line one could imagine in his debut, but Pettine placed much of the blame on the players around Manziel. He'll be a high-risk QB2 against Carolina, but one with plenty of upside. The 7-7 Browns are out of the playoff picture.
Dec 15 - 9:21 AM

Johnny Manziel completed 10-of-18 passes for 80 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions in the Browns' 30-0, Week 15 loss to the Bengals, adding five rushes for 13 yards.

It was a performance only Brian Hoyer could love. The Browns' 107 yards of offense were the fewest by any team in football this year. In Johnny Football's defense, he had two early third-down completions undone by drops, and another first down wiped out by a foolish illegal man downfield penalty. But he went off the rails after that, tossing two ugly picks, the second of which came in the end zone. The Bengals bore down on the box, eliminating Manziel's rushing lanes, and racking up three sacks. It was an ugly, ugly performance, but we'd imagine the Browns stick with Manziel for Weeks 16 and 17. He'll be a high-risk QB2 against the Panthers next Sunday.
Dec 14 - 3:59 PM

Johnny Manziel will start Sunday's Week 15 game against the Bengals.

The Browns didn't have a real choice. Brian Hoyer was 1-3 over the last four games, posting a 1:8 TD-to-INT ratio while leading the playoff-starved Browns to one touchdown on their last 29 drives. Manziel projects to give the team a spark with both his superior play-making ability and increased zip on the football. When he came on in relief of an ineffective Hoyer Week 13, he led an 80-yard touchdown drive that was capped by a Manziel 10-yard rushing touchdown. On 130 preseason snaps (roughly two games), he rushed 12 times for 88 yards with another score. With this running ability, a healthy Jordan Cameron and an active Josh Gordon, Manziel's statistical floor is high. He'll be a top-14 QB option with upside against the Bengals.
Dec 9 - 12:41 PM

Appearing on the Monday Night Football halftime show, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Johnny Manziel is expected to start Week 15 against the Bengals.

Not a surprise. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora put the number at 99 percent that Manziel would start against Cincinnati, supplanting Brian Hoyer. Coach Mike Pettine even hinted Monday evening that he was ready to make the switch, saying "I think it’s natural to lean the other way, given the results, but we still want to make sure we do our due diligence and I get a chance to talk to everybody involved with it." There'd be no reason to "talk to everybody involved" if the Browns were staying the course with Hoyer. Pettine will speak to both players before announcing his decision to the public. Manziel will be under center on Sunday.
Dec 8 - 10:03 PM

A source "connected to the Browns' quarterback situation" estimated to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora that there's a "99 percent chance" Johnny Manziel starts in Week 15 against the Bengals.

"Maybe even 99.5 percent," La Canfora added. If Browns coach Mike Pettine watched the Week 14 tape, there won't be any doubt. Brian Hoyer left at least 150 passing yards and two touchdowns on the field against the Colts, missing wide open receivers, and was the primary reason Cleveland blew a comfortable lead in its 25-24 defeat. Hoyer has a 1:8 TD-to-INT ratio over his last four games. He's been the NFL's worst quarterback during that span.
Dec 8 - 4:01 PM

Johnny Manziel's decision to attend a Cavaliers game last Tuesday night was reportedly "seen by some within the organization as a tangible piece of evidence regarding Manziel's failure to work as hard as he should to prepare himself to play."

The report comes from PFT as a follow-up to Jay Glazer's initial report on how the Browns ended up settling on Brian Hoyer as their Week 14 starter. The Browns had the night off Tuesday, but the narrative states that Manziel should have been at the team complex or home studying his playbook. Now that Hoyer has fallen on his face again, coach Mike Pettine is right back where he was last week. Perhaps Manziel will draw the start this time if he doesn't go to this Tuesday's Raptors at Cavs game.
Dec 8 - 10:42 AM

Coach Mike Pettine left the door open for the possibility of both Browns quarterbacks playing in Sunday's game against the Colts.

Pettine wasn't referring to gimmicky read-option packages we've seen Manziel in from time-to-time. He was talking about standard sets within the offense. That's likely just some coachspeak to keep the Colts on their toes, but we don't doubt that starter Brian Hoyer will be on a very short leash Sunday. The veteran has a 1:6 TD-to-INT ratio over the last three games, a span that has seen the Browns go 1-2.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 4 - 8:31 AM

Browns coach Mike Pettine again declined Monday to name a starting quarterback for Week 14 against the Colts.

It's going to be Johnny Manziel, though we suppose it's possible the Browns will attempt to play coy throughout the week. Asked Monday why he benched Brian Hoyer for Manziel in Sunday's loss, Pettine replied "I just felt we needed a change to make a change, we needed spark." Manziel provided that spark, briefly energizing Cleveland's previously-putrid offense by scoring the Browns' lone touchdown against the Bills. Isaiah Crowell owners, in particular, should be hoping Cleveland turns to Johnny Football for good. Manziel's dual threat would open up lanes for the Browns' rushing attack.
Dec 1 - 4:15 PM

Following Sunday's Week 13 loss at Buffalo, coach Mike Pettine declined to announce his Week 14 starting quarterback.

Pettine said he will watch the film and then make a decision prior to Wednesday's practice. Ultimately, we'd expect him to stick with Johnny Manziel after Brian Hoyer was yanked Sunday. Although JFF lost a fumble-six (which was overturned), his ceiling is obviously higher than Hoyer's and the veteran has been scuffling badly of late. He's thrown six interceptions in the last three weeks as the Browns have lost two of their last three games.
Nov 30 - 6:08 PM

Johnny Manziel replaced Brian Hoyer in the fourth quarter of Cleveland's Week 13 loss to the Bills, completing 5-of-8 passes for 63 yards, adding two rushes for 13 yards and a touchdown.

Johnny Football came on for Hoyer with the game still in doubt, and led the Browns on their lone touchdown drive of the afternoon. It took all of 3:07, with Manziel sticking throws off rollouts, and capping things off with a 10-yard touchdown run. Manziel's score was not a designed run. He went through his progressions before taking off through the meat of the field, taking a big hit as he rumbled into the end zone. That was the good. The bad was the fumble six Manziel should have been credited with on his second possession, but referee Jerome Boger made an embarrassingly-bad call. Manziel was not ready for a snap near Buffalo's end zone. With Hoyer's play rapidly deteriorating, we tentatively expect Manziel to get the call against the Colts in Week 14.
Nov 30 - 4:26 PM

A member of Johnny Manziel's "entourage" allegedly punched a man in downtown Cleveland Saturday morning.

It's yet another Johnny Football nontroversey, as the quarterback himself isn't accused of doing anything wrong, but the Browns have responded with the expected seriousness. "We are aware of the incident and are in the process of gathering additional information in order to gain a complete understanding of what occurred,'' the club said. "Nonetheless, the time of the incident is concerning to us." The whole thing will be forgotten in a week. Brian Hoyer has been hit or miss as the Browns' starter, but Manziel doesn't appear close to getting the reins.
Nov 24 - 3:41 PM

Coach Mike Pettine said Johnny Manziel is "frustrated" that he's not starting, but the Browns "don't plan to force the issue."

Brian Hoyer has been an effective game manager, but the Browns are starting to consider the opportunity costs of sitting Manziel. "I think we all [want to know how Manziel would perform]. That's a question we need to have answered, but it's not something that you can force," Pettine said. "If it ever gets to the point whether we’re potentially up big, down big, or if there's a situation that calls for him to go in, we'll get an opportunity to see him. There's a lot of football left to be played. You’re looking for an evaluation at some point."
Oct 29 - 7:50 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi reports that internal pressure to play Johnny Manziel has "turned up considerably."

Brian Hoyer is coming off a highly-unproductive loss to the Jaguars, leading the Browns to briefly consider going to Manziel in the second half. Hoyer has been mostly solid managing Kyle Shanahan's offense prior to last week, but his leash on the starting job is now in question. It could be only a matter of time before the Browns turn to Manziel. Hoyer is in danger of getting benched if he can't move the offense against the winless Raiders.
Oct 25 - 6:58 PM

Coach Mike Pettine said Brian Hoyer is "still firmly our starter."

Hoyer laid an egg in a loss to the previously winless Jaguars in Week 7, looking uncomfortable in the pocket and displaying concerning inaccuracy. But he earned enough leash early in the year to get another start, this time against the 0-6 Raiders. If Hoyer loses that game, the calls for Johnny Manziel will become deafening.
Oct 21 - 8:35 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Brian Hoyer
2Johnny Manziel
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Terrance West
3Glenn Winston
4Shaun Draughn
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Terrance West
3RB1Terrance West
2Isaiah Crowell
FB1Ray Agnew
WR11Josh Gordon
2Taylor Gabriel
3Rodney Smith
4Phil Bates
WR21Andrew Hawkins
2Travis Benjamin
3Marlon Moore
WR31Taylor Gabriel
TE1Jordan Cameron
2Jim Dray
3Gary Barnidge
4Ryan Taylor
K1Garrett Hartley