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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 says the Browns are still looking to add talent at quarterback.
Pettine, who recently visited Johnny Manziel in rehab, said Manziel is "in a much better place now." Despite Manziel's improvement, Pettine still acknowledged that quarterback is "a position we're going to look to address." With Brian Hoyer and Josh McCown among the top free agent quarterbacks, Cleveland's margin for error is pretty slim. The Browns own the 12th pick in the draft, meaning they would likely have to trade up to select Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. Feb 19 - 8:24 AM

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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam threw support behind Johnny Manziel on Wednesday, saying he "absolutely" believes Manziel can still be an NFL starter.

Tape gurus Ron Jaworski and Greg Cosell believed Manziel was a late-round prospect last May. On Haslam's orders, the Browns drafted him 22nd overall. "I ask that question a lot to our football people -- as recently as today," Haslam said. "'Do we still think he can be a starter in the NFL?' And the answer is consistently yes." Either Haslam hasn't surrounded himself with the right football people, or he's living in denial. Haslam definitely seems to be in denial about Manziel's off-field habits. "Let me say this, I don't know how much of Johnny's personal life was known by everybody then and I don't know how much is known now,'' the Browns' beleaguered owner said. "... It's way too early to give up on Johnny."
Feb 11 - 9:08 PM

The Browns are expecting Johnny Manziel to be ready for training camp.

Manziel is only expected to be in rehab for a few weeks. But the team doesn't want to put any hard deadlines on his recovery, so they're not saying he'll be ready for OTAs. If Manziel is going to win the 2015 starting job, he needs to get clean, get his head right and get as many reps as possible this offseason. When Manziel made his first career start against the Bengals in Week 15, he literally didn't know the plays.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 9:05 AM

Johnny Manziel checked into a treatment facility last week.

Manziel's partying has been well documented. Much less publicized is Johnny Football's apparent dependency and/or addiction. "Johnny entered treatment on Wednesday," said his publicist. "Johnny knows there are areas in which he needs to improve in order to be a better family member, friend, and teammate and he thought the offseason was the right time to take this step. On behalf of Johnny and his family, we’re asking for privacy until he rejoins the team." From chugging champagne on inflatable swans to rolling up dollar bills in bathrooms to oversleeping and missing the final walkthrough of the season, Manziel's rookie year was a disaster off the field, as well as in the rare instances he set foot on it. Hopefully, he'll get himself in order and be back to compete for a job.
Feb 2 - 10:38 AM

Citing nearly 20 Browns sources, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler and Pat McManamon report Johnny Manziel exhibited a "year-long pattern" of lacking commitment and preparation to football and a "continued commitment to nightlife" during his rookie year.

One player called Manziel a "100 percent joke." Team security reportedly found Manziel "drunk off his a--" the morning before the Browns' season finale. He was fined for missing a treatment for his injured hamstring and spent the Week 17 loss to Baltimore in Cleveland's locker room. During his first NFL start, "Several sources said Manziel either didn't know the plays in the huddle or didn't call them correctly." Sources also told Fowler and McManamon that since-departed OC Kyle Shanahan preferred Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Savage to Manziel as a 2014 draft prospect. Fowler and McManamon claim Manziel still has some "support in the (Browns') building," though it's mostly "on the business side."
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 3:15 PM

Speaking Thursday, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam admitted the team has no idea whom its 2015 starting quarterback will be.

"We're going to continue to work really hard to find that quarterback who can make us a championship team," Haslam said. Haslam said the team is leaving open the possibility of using its first-round pick on a signal caller, as well as re-signing Brian Hoyer. Asked specifically about Johnny Manziel, Haslam didn't mince words. "Johnny has to show on and off the field that he can be a professional. He knows that." It's rare to see teams throw in the towel on a first-round quarterback after only one year, but Manziel could be a special case. A question mark based on ability alone, Manziel showed staggering immaturity as a rookie.
Jan 22 - 7:03 PM

New Browns OC John DeFilippo stated Thursday Johnny Manziel will have a "clean slate," and DeFilippo is "looking forward" to working with him.

DeFilippo noted that he worked with Terrelle Pryor in Oakland, giving him some experience with a dual-threat signal caller. The Raiders also got more than expected out of Matt McGloin and Derek Carr during their rookie years, with DeFilippo as quarterbacks coach. DeFilippo also hinted that he plans to keep ex-OC Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme in place.
Jan 22 - 1:42 PM

Browns GM Ray Farmer still believes Johnny Manziel could develop into a "solid starter," but "would not hesitate" to use a 2015 first-round pick on a quarterback.

"I would not hesitate to take whoever I thought could help this football team and move us forward," Farmer said. "The goal is to win, it’s not to draft any particular person or players." The Browns own the Nos. 12 and 19 picks in next spring's draft. We doubt they'd select a quarterback, but we don't doubt they're already near the end of their rope with Manziel.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 02:26:00 PM

At his season-ending press conference Monday, coach Mike Pettine conceded the Browns' quarterback situation is "muddy" and "very much a question mark."

Brian Hoyer is a free agent and Johnny Manziel was atrocious in seven quarters of action. "The sample size on Manziel was not very big, and on the surface not very encouraging," Pettine said of Johnny Football. Pettine also praised UDFA Connor Shaw, who demonstrated "toughness" in Cleveland's Week 17 loss to Baltimore. Under rookie GM Ray Farmer, the Browns inherited two first-round picks from the Mike Lombardi-Joe Banner era. They used them on Manziel and Justin Gilbert, a project cornerback who earned minimal playing time as a rookie.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 05:52:00 PM

Speaking Monday, Johnny Manziel vowed to stop being a "jackass."

"It’s about action," Manziel said. "It’s about being accountable, and doing what (I say I'm going to do) instead of looking like a jackass." Manziel was contrite about his latest off-the-field imbroglio, but flatly denied throwing a party Friday evening. He did admit to being late to the team facility on Saturday. "Either I'm going to learn, or I'm going to be finding something else to do." Manziel is no stranger to saying the "right things," but rarely did them as a rookie. He's really bungled the beginning of his NFL career, playing into his image of a playboy whose game won't translate to the professional level. Like Tim Tebow before him, there's no guarantee Manziel gets a second chance as a starter.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 01:55:00 PM

Johnny Manziel (IR, hamstring) didn't show up on time for treatment on his injury Saturday and was fined.

Manziel threw a big party Friday night, one that was attended by Josh Gordon and other teammates. It was apparently a good time, as Gordon and Justin Gilbert both missed the Saturday walkthrough and got suspended. Meanwhile, Manziel wasn't at the facility ether Saturday and wasn't answering his phone, so team security was sent to find him. We can't imagine a worse rookie year for JFF, who lost a camp battle to Brian Hoyer, looked wildly unprepared and overwhelmed in two starts and failed to conduct himself well off the field. The Browns will be on the hunt for quarterback help again this offseason.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 11:03:00 AM

Coach Mike Pettine said Johnny Manziel (IR, hamstring) will "have the chance to compete" for the starting job in 2015.

The Browns clearly aren't going to hand the starting gig to Manziel on a silver platter. How could they after he lost a camp battle to journeyman Brian Hoyer, appeared completely unprepared in his two starts and posted a 42.0 passer rating. Manziel knows he needs to grow up in a hurry if he's going to make an NFL impact. "It's a job for me now. I have to take it a lot more seriously than maybe I did at first," he admitted. With Hoyer currently an impending free agent, JFF's 2015 competition may come from outside the organization.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 09:27:00 AM

Browns placed QB Johnny Manziel (hamstring) on injured reserve, ending his season.

It's merely a procedural move as Manziel was already ruled out of Sunday's finale at Baltimore. JFF finishes his rookie season 18-of-35 for 175 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions. He posted a 5.1 QBR and 42.0 passer rating, admitting that he didn't take the job seriously enough. Manziel will have a lot of ground to make up if he's going to start for the Browns in Week 1 of 2015.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 11:37:00 AM

Johnny Manziel admits he has to take being a pro "a lot more seriously than maybe I did at (first)."

In expansive comments Tuesday, Manziel was both contrite and somewhat defiant. "This is a job for me now," Manziel said. "I haven't painted the greatest picture of me of being in here and staying on top of myself." Manziel also implored the Browns to stick with him, saying "I don't think it would be fair to give up on somebody after seven quarters of football." The Browns' commitment to Manziel for 2015 is very much an open question.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 07:32:00 PM

Johnny Manziel (hamstring) is done for the season, Browns coach Mike Pettine announced Monday.

It ends a highly disappointing first NFL season for Manziel, who failed to beat out career journeyman backup Brian Hoyer in training camp and fell flat on his face when given late-season opportunities to play. Manziel's arm is average, and he loses all semblance of zip when he doesn't deliver passes with proper technique. He is also not close to being an even passable pocket quarterback. Barring dramatic offseason improvement, we don't see Manziel as particularly likely to open 2015 as the Browns' starter.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 04:04:00 PM