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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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A picture of Johnny Manziel rolling a 20-dollar bill in the bathroom of a Las Vegas club has surfaced.
There are no indications why Manziel was rolling the bill, and there were not any signs of illegal substances visible in the photo. That said, this is a bad look for a player the Browns instructed to "tone it down" barely a week ago. Manziel has given his critics plenty of ammunition this offseason, but he could shut everyone up by winning his battle with Brian Hoyer in camp and football games this fall. Jul 7 - 10:20 AM

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Former Bengals megabust Akili Smith says Johnny Manziel's behavior reminds him of himself.

Smith admits he was a heavy drinker who made regular trips to Vegas during his playing days, and "focused on partying first and everything else second." "Yeah, it's written all over the wall with some of the things he's doing in the offseason, going to Vegas and all that stuff," Smith said of Manziel. "He needs to put all that type of stuff to the side right now and focus on his career." Manziel can shut up his detractors by beating out Brian Hoyer and playing well on Sundays. If he doesn't, concerns about his flashy lifestyle will grow louder.
Jun 29 - 12:53 PM

Johnny Manziel said he believes he will be the starting quarterback in Week 1.

Manziel was "emphatic" when asked if he expects to start, but acknowledged he still doesn't have a full grasp of the playbook. He also admits the Browns' offense is "more complex" than the "very simple system" he ran at Texas A&M. Manziel will enter training camp behind Brian Hoyer, but it would be a disappointment if he doesn't beat him out. He's the heavy favorite to start Week 1 in Pittsburgh.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 2:17 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on SportsCenter Friday that the Browns have approached Johnny Manziel about "toning it down," with regard to his actions on social media.

Owner Jimmy Haslam was "bothered" by Manziel's recent posting of a "Money Phone" (stack of bills held to the ear) on Instagram. The Browns seem more concerned with Manziel's social media behavior than his well-publicized weekend partying. Approached by the Cleveland Plain Dealer Friday morning, Manziel told the paper "I don't think I'm doing anything wrong," and "I'm not going to change for anybody." Earlier this month, Ben Tate described media coverage of Manziel as "annoying," hinting it may be a distraction in the locker room. ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi stated Friday that he's never seen Manziel-like behavior from a Browns player. Grossi has been covering the Browns for 30 years.
Jun 27 - 3:06 PM

College teammate Mike Evans believes Johnny Manziel will stop partying when the Browns begin training camp.

Manziel's offseason endeavors have becoming something of a circus act, covered closely by TMZ among other media outlets every weekend. It would be a concern if Manziel kept it up into camp and the season. "In training camp, I don't think he'll go out at all," said Evans. "He'll be committed and devoted and fighting for a starting job." Jake Matthews echoed Evans' comments about Manziel.
Jun 25 - 6:49 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine says he doesn't want a "ground-and-pound" offense.

"People have already attributed that to us," Pettine said. "But I don’t. ... I think you need to vary tempo, like New England does, which is smart." New OC Kyle Shanahan has had success with both the run and the pass. The Browns will do their best to field a varied offense this season, but their personnel issues at receiver guarantee they will be a run-heavy team, despite Pettine's proclamation. More than anything, his comments likely indicate he'll try to avoid the trap of running the ball just for the sake of doing so.
Source: The MMQB
Jun 19 - 6:00 PM

Browns signed No. 22 overall pick QB Johnny Manziel to a four-year contract.

The deal includes a fifth-year club option for 2018. Manziel took most of the 11-on-11 reps through OTAs and minicamp, but only because the team was being careful with Brian Hoyer (torn ACL). Hoyer will enter training camp next month as the starter, but Manziel will be given every opportunity to knock him off. We consider Johnny Football the heavy favorite to be under center in Week 1.
Jun 17 - 12:31 PM

Speaking Thursday, coach Mike Pettine confirmed Brian Hoyer will enter training camp as the Browns' starter, but that he does not have an "insurmountable" lead on Johnny Manziel.

So it begins. The Browns spent the month of May pretending as if Manziel was buried behind Hoyer on the depth chart, but he'll now begin his climb to the top. The Browns did not select the draft's top play-making quarterback to mothball him as a rookie, especially since the fanbase will be clamoring for "Johnny Football" from the second the first snap of the season is taken. We suppose Hoyer has an outside shot at starting in Week 1, but Manziel is the heavy favorite.
Jun 12 - 1:23 PM

The Browns have added some zone-read plays for Johnny Manziel.

New Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan held the same position in Washington, where he schemed to Robert Griffin III's strengths. That meant tons of zone-read, especially before the devastating knee injury. As a rookie in 2012, RG3 rushed 120 times for 815 yards with seven touchdowns and finished as fantasy's No. 5 quarterback even though the Redskins ranked 30th in pass attempts.
Jun 11 - 8:30 AM

Browns OC Kyle Shanahan told USA Today he views Johnny Manziel and Robert Griffin III as "very similar."

"They're both talented guys who can make plays with their legs," said Shanahan, who coached Griffin his first two years in D.C. "But there comes a time in the NFL when they're going to keep you in the pocket, and you're going to have to have that ability to make the throws with your arm and mind. And Johnny, just like Robert, has that arm talent and intelligence to do that." We expect Shanahan to manage Manziel similarly to how he did pre-knee-injury Griffin. The 2012 Redskins ranked 30th in the NFL in pass attempts, and third in team rushes.
Source: USA Today
Jun 1 - 3:15 PM

Johnny Manziel took second-team reps during individual drills at Wednesday's OTAs.

It's a promotion from last week, when Manziel was third behind Brian Hoyer and Tyler Thigpen. The Browns clearly aren't holding the now infamous Vegas weekend against him. If Manziel can't eventually zoom past Hoyer -- a journeyman coming off an ACL tear -- it'll be wildly disappointing. Hoyer continues to sit out 11-on-11 drills as part of his rehab schedule.
May 28 - 11:50 AM

Johnny Manziel is being sued for sexual harassment in a Florida federal court.

It's an obvious hoax and not a "real" lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by a woman named Samantha Schacher, though we're led to believe she's not actually the one who filed it. Schacher is a CNN contributor and co-host on relationship expert Dr. Drew's show. The lawsuit, which is linked below, reads like a high schooler wrote it up. "Schacher" specifically mentions how Manziel has a "small penis" and that he admitted he "does steroids." She goes on to say how Manziel repeatedly sends her nude pictures over social media. The plaintiff is "scared to death" and is seeking a laughable $25 million. It's pure comedy and actually worth the read. Manziel won't face any charges.
May 23 - 11:28 AM

Coach Mike Pettine insists the Browns' quarterback competition will be fair and balanced between Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer.

"I think they both feel comfortable that as a staff we're going to put the best quarterback (out there) that puts us in position to win games," said Pettine. "... I don't know if they're going to be sending each other Christmas cards anytime soon." Manziel is the obvious favorite to start after the Browns traded up to draft him in the first round. If Hoyer clearly outplays Manziel in August, however, the Browns would likely give the veteran the early-season nod.
May 19 - 3:05 PM

Speaking Monday, owner Jimmy Haslam "stressed" that the Browns are "going to run the ball and pass when necessary."

Rather comically, the Browns led the NFL in pass attempts last season despite trotting out a trio of Jason Campbell, Brian Hoyer and Brandon Weeden. With Ben Tate, Terrance West and Johnny Manziel now in the fold, they'll abide by a whole-new philosophy under OC Kyle Shanahan.
May 12 - 1:25 PM

SI's Peter King would be "surprised" if Johnny Manziel doesn't win the starting quarterback job before Week 1.

Manziel's competition is Brian Hoyer, a journeyman who is coming off an ACL tear. Both quarterbacks will be on the same learning curve as new OC Kyle Shanahan installs his scheme. "It's going to be an open and fair competition, and the best man will win," coach Mike Pettine said. We'd also be stunned if Manziel doesn't emerge as the "best man" quickly.
Source: SI.com
May 12 - 9:11 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Johnny Manziel
2Brian Hoyer
3Tyler Thigpen
4Connor Shaw
RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
3Edwin Baker
4Chris Ogbonnaya
5Isaiah Crowell
GLB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
3RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
FB1MarQueis Gray
2Ray Agnew
WR11Miles Austin
2Travis Benjamin
3Charles Johnson
4Chandler Jones
5Taylor Gabriel
WR21Andrew Hawkins
2Nate Burleson
3Anthony Armstrong
4Conner Vernon
5Kenny Shaw
WR31Nate Burleson
TE1Jordan Cameron
2Jim Dray
3Gary Barnidge
4James Oboh
5Emmanuel Ogbuehi
K1Billy Cundiff