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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

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

Nate Burleson admits 2014 might be his last season.

Burleson is 33 and has missed the majority of camp with a hamstring issue. ESPN Cleveland doesn't consider his roster spot secure. Limited to nine games for the Lions last season by a broken arm, Burleson caught just 39 passes. He's appeared in only 15 games over the past two seasons.
Aug 21 - 3:55 PM

Miles Austin remains penned in as a starting outside receiver.

While Josh Gordon is suspended, Austin will be the No. 1 outside receiver. That alone makes him a sleeper, but expectations should be held in check. Austin has been ineffective even when on the field over the last few years, and the Browns are going to play a Ground 'N Pound ball control style. Austin has played on 36 preseason snaps and produced one catch for 13 yards on three targets.
Aug 21 - 8:45 AM

ESPN Cleveland isn't sure if Nate Burleson will make the Browns' final roster.

33-year-old Burleson has been bothered by a hamstring issue for a couple weeks now. Of course, the competition for roster spots in this wideout corps is not exactly fierce. The only locks are Josh Gordon, Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin, leaving Burleson to battle guys like Charles Johnson, Travis Benjamin, Anthony Armstrong and Taylor Gabriel. It's hard to see the desperate Browns dumping a veteran leader with experience, even if Burleson will play a bit role.
Aug 21 - 8:40 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

Browns RE Desmond Bryant underwent wrist surgery and is out indefinitely.

Coach Mike Pettine is unsure if Bryant will be ready for Week 1, but did say injured reserve is not on the table. Bryant remains an underrated 3-4 lineman, as he can push the pocket and play stout run defense. He'll be missed. With Bryant out, Phil Taylor will man the nose with Ahtyba Rubin and Billy Winn flanking him. Armonty Bryant and Ishmaa'ily Kitchen are quality reserves.
Aug 20 - 2:48 PM

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

The Browns named Brian Hoyer their Week 1 starter.

"He was the clear leader from the beginning. We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player," explained coach Mike Pettine. Johnny Manziel was unable to close the gap, starting with off-field distractions during OTA season and culminating with a pair of uninspiring preseason performances. Hoyer, who will turn 29 in October and is coming off an ACL tear, will now serve as a bridge starter until the Browns deem Manziel ready. We suspect that will come as soon Week 5, as Cleveland faces Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Baltimore before its Week 4 bye. Hoyer will be a decided underdog in each of those games.
Aug 20 - 8:18 AM

Profootballtalk reports there have been no settlement talks in the Josh Gordon case.

It's been two-plus weeks since Gordon's appeal was heard, but the sides have yet to come to the bargaining table. They still could, but it would seem to grow less likely by the day. Absent a settlement, Gordon is looking at an all-or-nothing proposition (16 games if the ruling is upheld, zero if it's not). Reports from last week suggested the case should be settled before the end of this week.
Aug 19 - 9:36 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine criticized Josh Gordon's effort in Monday's preseason game.

Gordon noticeably loafed on two targets against the Redskins. "There were a couple plays where I think ... that we would have definitely wanted better effort," Pettine said. "We would want regular season effort to match preseason effort." It's a convenient excuse, but it's quite possible Gordon's impending suspension is weighing on him. His appeal will supposedly be decided before the end of the week.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 19 - 8:15 PM

Browns rookie RB Isaiah Crowell has two carries for three yards through two preseason games.

It's not a good sign for the ballyhooed UDFA, who is running behind Ben Tate, Terrance West, and Dion Lewis, while Chris Ogbonnaya is an impact special teamer. We've seen it suggested the Browns want to "hide" Crowell in an effort to stash him on the practice squad, but everyone in the NFL knows who Crowell is. (And no one drafted him.) He seems like a roster long shot in Cleveland.
Aug 19 - 7:37 PM

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

Coach Mike Pettine said he's still undecided about who the Browns' starting quarterback will be Week 1.

Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel didn't make things easy for Pettine with their ugly performances Monday. "Neither guy really distinguished himself, and we’ll have to go back and study the tape and figure out who to go with," Pettine said. Signs point toward Hoyer being the slight favorite, but his leash will be short if he indeed is named the starter. Pettine had originally planned to name the winner of the competition on Tuesday. He may wait another week.
Aug 19 - 11:12 AM


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