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Johnny Manziel | Quarterback

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (21) / 12/6/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 210
College: Texas A&M
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The NFL fined Johnny Manziel $12,000 for directing a middle finger at the Redskins' bench in Monday night's second preseason game
Manziel can appeal the fine and have it reduced to 25 percent of his weekly check, which would be about $6,000. It's really a non-issue, but became one because of who Manziel is and that it was caught on national television. Aug 22 - 11:54 AM

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Coach Mike Pettine said a Johnny Manziel "package" of plays is "on the table."

"We could potentially look at a two-QB system down the road," Pettine said. "Down the road" are the key words. It wouldn't be in the best interest of Brian Hoyer if Manziel gets his own package right out of the gate in Week 1, especially if the goal is to have Hoyer comfortable and not looking over his shoulder.
Aug 22 - 9:28 AM

Coach Mike Pettine said there are no plans to develop a package of plays for Johnny Manziel off the bench.

Pettine has no intention to go down a Michael Vick/Donovan McNabb path with Manziel and Hoyer. It makes sense, as Johnny Football's running skills are far better suited to improvisation than script. Pettine declined to tip his hand as to when Manziel will make his NFL debut. "You could see a scenario where he doesn't play this year, and then there are other scenarios that are absolutely possible as well. It's hard to tell," the first-year coach said.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 21 - 8:01 AM

Johnny Manziel is struggling -- and continues to struggle -- with the Browns' playbook.

We all got a glimpse of it when Manziel was asked by Jon Gruden in a sit-down interview during Monday night's telecast to spit out a play from OC Kyle Shanahan's playbook. He stumbled over his words before eventually getting it out. It's to be expected from a rookie like Manziel, who is coming from a spread offense with simple, one-, two-, or three-word plays. Receiver Andrew Hawkins admitted the players in the huddle "are still helping him a little bit." Manziel can focus on the playbook as Brian Hoyer's backup. It's going to take time.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 20 - 2:17 PM

Browns first-round QB Johnny Manziel will open the season as a backup to Brian Hoyer.

Unlike fellow rookie Blake Bortles, Manziel was given a fair shot to win the starting gig. He didn't seize it, showing immaturity on and off the field while averaging just 4.74 yards per attempt in two preseason games. "We're confident that Johnny is going to have a great future, but felt that Brian still had a decided edge on him," coach Mike Pettine said. While it's somewhat disappointing Manziel couldn't beat out a 29-year-old (in October) journeyman coming off an ACL tear, the future will likely come sooner than later. A QB change could come immediately following the Week 4 bye, especially if the Browns start 0-3. Their first three games are at PIT, vs. NO and vs. BAL.
Aug 20 - 8:33 AM

Coach Mike Pettine is willing to wait until after the Browns' third preseason game to name a starting quarterback.

The team had been targeting Tuesday to make an announcement, but gained little clarity after both Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer struggled against the Redskins on Monday. Pettine did say he "(doesn't) sense a lot of division" amongst the coaching staff about who to name. That suggests it will be journeyman Hoyer over rookie Manziel.
Aug 19 - 4:28 PM

Johnny Manziel was caught on camera giving the Redskins' bench the middle finger during Monday night's preseason game.

Following a third-quarter incompletion, Manziel flipped the bird and it immediately spread all over Twitter. Manziel said he had "words exchanged" with the Redskins all night, and CB Joe Haden defended his rookie quarterback, saying he took a lot of abuse from Washington's players and fanss Per Redskins FS Ryan Clark, what set off Manziel was Washington players telling him "this isn't college anymore, we're faster than you." Still, Manziel needs to keep his composure. It didn't sit well with coach Mike Pettine, and certainly won't win Manziel any points in the quarterback derby. "You have to be able to maintain your poise," Pettine said.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 19 - 8:52 AM

Johnny Manziel completed 7-of-16 passes for 65 yards and one touchdown in Cleveland's second preseason game against the Redskins on Monday night.

Starter Brian Hoyer wasn't any better. He and Manziel struggled throughout the first two quarters, rotating every two drives. The duo combined to go 4-of-13 for 45 yards in the first half, and each had a QB rating under 45. Manziel played a couple series in the second half against the Redskins' backups, leading a 16-play touchdown drive that was finished off by a Dion Lewis eight-yard catch-and-run score. Manziel misfired on a number of passes. Coach Mike Pettine will certainly need another look at these two before naming his starter.
Aug 18 - 10:50 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine says Tuesday is the target date to name Cleveland's Week 1 starting quarterback.

The Browns play the Steelers in Week 1. Pettine said a group consisting of OC Kyle Shanahan, QBs coach Dowell Loggains, and GM Ray Farmer will have say in naming the starter. PFT's Mike Florio also expects owner Jimmy Haslam to have some say, which could work in rookie Johnny Manziel's favor. The Week 1 starter will likely hinge on the performances of Brian Hoyer and Manziel in Monday's second preseason game. Cleveland visits Washington on MNF.
Aug 15 - 4:54 PM

The Browns could name their starting quarterback as early as Tuesday.

The Browns play the Redskins on Monday evening. "I'm sure we'll sit down at some point next week, maybe more than likely later in the day on Tuesday and get our heads together and see what we come up with," coach Mike Pettine said. The earlier the Browns name their starting quarterback, the more likely it is to be Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel. The fact that Pettine is already talking about potentially reaching a decision next week doesn't bode well for Johnny Football.
Aug 14 - 8:58 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Johnny Manziel was late to a team meeting on Monday.

Mort is under the impression Manziel and a few other Browns rookies simply "misread the schedule," but it's believed Johnny Football was fined. Adam Schefter reported Thursday night that there "seems to be a feeling within the organization that Brian Hoyer wins" the Browns' starting job "in the event of a tie." Schefter believes Cleveland's second preseason game will essentially decide the battle, because all along the plan has been to pick a starter before the third exhibition game. There are no indications that Manziel's tardiness will play a role in coach Mike Pettine's quarterback decision.
Aug 14 - 7:05 PM

Coach Mike Pettine said Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer will both work with the starters in Cleveland's second preseason game against the Redskins.

Manziel will start after Hoyer started the first preseason game. Pettine wants to "balance the reps" out between the two. It's uncertain whether Manziel and Hoyer will each play a quarter in the first half or if they'll simply rotate every other series or two. Pettine and QBs coach Dowell Loggains continue to insist there is no "leader" in the competition.
Aug 12 - 1:57 PM

SI's Peter King confirms Johnny Manziel has closed the gap on Brian Hoyer "significantly."

King was reporting from Detroit, where both Manziel and Hoyer played reasonably well in the Browns' preseason opener. The tentative expectation is that Manziel will start the second preseason game and Mike Pettine will name his Week 1 starter before the third preseason game. "It's close," said Browns safety Donte Whitner. "I'd say [the locker room] is split about 50-50. We know they both can play."
Source: SI.com
Aug 11 - 9:51 AM

A team source told ESPN's Bob Holtzman that rookie Johnny Manziel is "now ahead" of Brian Hoyer in the Browns' quarterback derby.

Holtzman acknowledges his report from two weeks ago -- which claimed the Browns' locker room expected Hoyer to get the Week 1 nod -- now appears likely to be proven incorrect. The players are "starting to think they were wrong," with Manziel pulling ahead by showing superior playmaking ability both in practice and during Cleveland's preseason opener Saturday night. Manziel demonstrated a live arm and poise, and generally made good decisions against the Lions. He's worth targeting as a high-ceiling QB2 late in fantasy drafts.
Aug 10 - 9:46 AM

Johnny Manziel completed 7-of-11 passes for 63 yards in the Browns' preseason opener, adding six carries for 27 yards.

Johnny Football checked in midway through the second quarter, and ended up directing the Browns' second- and third-team offense for four drives. Manziel got off to a shaky start, showing too much aggression as a runner while failing to progress through his reads. He settled down, however, making two strong plays with his legs and showing a live arm. Like starter Brian Hoyer, Manziel was hurt by two drops. The only curious aspect of Manziel's night was how often OC Kyle Shanahan had him running the read option out of the pistol. That was something Manziel rarely did at Texas A&M. Manziel will reportedly start the Browns' second preseason game. He's essentially in a dead heat with Hoyer.
Aug 9 - 10:05 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Brian Hoyer
2Johnny Manziel
3Rex Grossman
4Connor Shaw
RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
3Dion Lewis
4Edwin Baker
5Isaiah Crowell
GLB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
3RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
FB1MarQueis Gray
2Chris Ogbonnaya
3Ray Agnew
WR11Miles Austin
2Nate Burleson
3Charles Johnson
4Jonathan Krause
5Taylor Gabriel
WR21Andrew Hawkins
2Anthony Armstrong
3Travis Benjamin
4Willie Snead
5Marlon Moore
WR31Nate Burleson
TE1Jordan Cameron
2Jim Dray
3Gary Barnidge
4Emmanuel Ogbuehi
5Martell Webb
K1Billy Cundiff