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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:37:36 -0700
Cleveland Browns QBs Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer may not be the team's answer at quarterback, according to NFL Media's Charley Casserly. Casserly said the Browns' answer at the position is more likely to be found in one of its two first-round picks next season.
Fantasy Tip: Obviously this is subjective speculation. We'll have to see what transpires during the season. Manziel and Hoyer remain unreliable fantasy options at this point, though, Manziel does have more potential.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:18:45 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) is outperforming rookie QB Johnny Manziel so far in camp, and the starting quarterback job has been Hoyer's job to lose, as observed by Jason La Canfora. Hoyer looks crisper with his mental speed, including actions in the huddle, at the line and during plays. Hoyer is not gun-shy as his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament continues "to wow the Browns," according to La Canfora. Manziel also has acted somewhat guarded around his new teammates.
Fantasy Tip: Neither will be a desirable fantasy starting option if Cleveland can't make up for the likely loss of Josh Gordon, possibly for the season. Hoyer's performance in 2013 gives him the initial edge unless Manziel turns things around in a drastic way. That being said, Hoyer is nothing more than a desperation QB2 and, ideally, a third you can tuck away in a deep game.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:44:36 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel said Friday, July 25, at his training camp press conference that he has met with team officials to discuss his off-the-field issues and admitted he made some mistakes. He said everyone involved is now on the same page.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:41:49 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel's off-the-field behavior reportedly has alarmed members of Cleveland's brass. Photos of Manziel rolling a $20 bill in a bathroom of a bar caught the attention of head coach Mike Pettine. Manziel regressed in practice after the first week of organized team activities, leading Pettine to call out Manziel's dedication to learning the offense.
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:14:37 -0700
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine thinks QB Johnny Manziel needs to increase dedication to earn the starting job. "I think he knows that in order to compete well, he's going to have to probably be more dedicated than ever."
Fantasy Tip: Brian Hoyer is believed to have the leg up in the competition for the starting signal caller job in Cleveland, but it is a wide open competition, too. If Manziel can win the job during training camp and the preseason, he would still be best used as a QB2 only for when your primary fantasy option has a difficult matchup or bye. The loss of WR Josh Gordon for an undetermined period hurts the value of whomever wins the job.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:59:20 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will report to training camp Wednesday, July 23, with the rest of the rookies.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:06:12 -0700
Cleveland Browns QBs Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer will know who is starting before the third preseason game, according to head coach Mike Pettine, though it could happen sooner. Pettine has expressed hesitation to name Manziel the starter immediately and thinks Hoyer's chances are underrated.
Fantasy Tip: It depends heavily on how Hoyer responds during his knee recovery. This could be a battle to watch during the season. Manziel is nothing more than a low-end QB2 and ideally ranks as a third slinger for 2014 fantasy football drafts. Hoyer could be a sneaky QB3 in such leagues that require that depth.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:05:22 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel talked with head coach Mike Pettine, who expressed concerns about Manziel's off-field behavior. Pettine said it was a "positive conversation" and that he doesn't feel as if Manziel's purported party activities will be a problem once the NFL season starts.
Fantasy Tip: Hopefully, the Manziel news starts to trend toward the quarterback battle he'll have with Brian Hoyer.
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:46:28 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) said he's been fully cleared to participate in training camp, confirming Hoyer's belief that he wouldn't be limited.
Fantasy Tip: Hoyer played well before tearing his ACL last year, but it's unclear whether Hoyer or QB Johnny Manziel will start the season opener. Manziel has more potential while Hoyer has the experience. Neither one of them is a reliable fantasy quarterback at this point, but we'd draft Manziel before Hoyer.
Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:56:24 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) said he knows that he will be pushed by QB Johnny Manziel for the starting quarterback job but is looking forward to competing during training camp.
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:39:19 -0700
New York Giants owner Steve Tisch does not think Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel would fit the team's profile. "I would be concerned, but I think if you sort of look at the culture and the history of the Giants, he really doesn't fit the profile of, historically, of New York Giants football players," Tisch said. "We have a fantastic quarterback who I hope has another amazing season. I wish Manziel all the best."
Sun, 06 Jul 2014 07:10:39 -0700
New York Jets RB Chris Johnson supported Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel, saying he should be his own man when it comes to off the field activities. "Be your own man," Johnson said. "Do what you got to do. It's the offseason. That's when you get time to do whatever you want to do and live your life. I'm pretty sure once the season gets here, he'll be all right. He's going to focus in on football. But this is the time now to where he'll be able to hang out and do some of the things you want to do. Because once the season gets here, you really have no life. It's just football and football."
Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:04:38 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel said he believes he will be the starting quarterback Week 1. "I want to play. That's what anybody wants to do. Anybody that's been a starter in the past, and been playing, they want to play," Manziel said. "To say I don't want to be the starter, that would be ridiculous. I absolutely want to start, that's my goal. Hopefully I can achieve that."
Sat, 28 Jun 2014 06:16:24 -0700
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam wants QB Johnny Manziel to tone it down, according to league sources. Haslam was reportedly bothered by a video of Manziel holding stacks of money to his ear pretending it was a phone.
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:26:55 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel said he understands that QB Brian Hoyer is ahead of him in the competition for the starting quarterback job. Manziel said he is a rookie trying to learn stuff while Hoyer is a veteran in the league.
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:20:16 -0700
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel he is committed to football but will not change his lifestyle to please some people. "I'm growing up and continuing to learn from my mistakes and trying not to make the same ones over and over again, but am I going to live in a shell or am I just going to hide from everybody and not do anything? I don't think that's the way I should live my life and I'm not going to do it," Manziel said.
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:51:27 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is not happy with the attention he gets for his time away from the football field. "I want to wake up with a week and not have my name going through something," he said. "And I'm working on getting better at that, but if I want to go back home and spend time with my friends or go out and enjoy my weekends I absolutely have the right to do that."
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:40:40 -0700
Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West said he tired of questions about QB Johnny Manziel. "It's a distraction," West said.
Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:45:26 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will ideally not be the opening-day starter, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Fantasy Tip: Despite all the excitement and intrigue surrounding Manziel, he's still not ready to be a starting fantasy quarterback. It's best to use the wait-and-see approach with him this year.
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:10:55 -0700
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel signed a four-year contract worth approximately $8.3 million with roughly a $4.3 million signing bonus.
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:21:36 -0700
The Cleveland Browns signed QB Johnny Manziel to a four-year contract Tuesday, June 17. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:44:12 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel must study the team's playbook before training camp next month if he's going to have a realistic chance to unseat QB Brian Hoyer as the starting quarterback, according to head coach Mike Pettine. "I think he shouldn't concern himself so much where Brian is, but where he is," the coach said. "He's going to have plenty of tape to study -- his own work, the team work, opponent's tape, a whole volume of Redskins tape. The more he familiarizes himself with that, the better off he'll be."
Fantasy Tip: This much we know: Manziel is behind Hoyer in the QB competition. It'll likely stay that way unless Manziel makes significant strides in training camp and the preseason. The team won't rush Manziel into a starting role.
Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:18:03 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer has showed his advantage over QB Johnny Manziel in practices with his ability to quickly scan the defense and go through his progressions, then anticipate his receivers coming open and deliver the ball accurately. Of note, though, is that head coach Mike Pettine continues to keep defenders from getting too close to Hoyer in team drills. "Manziel may be just a little bit late, but that's what you'd expect. He's only been in the offense a month and a half," WR Anthony Armstrong said.
However, the coaches aren't disappointed with Manziel's play in organized team activities. "He's getting more comfortable in the huddle, calling the plays," Pettine said. "I think he's got a very nice touch with the deep ball. We've added some of the zone read stuff that Kyle's run with RG3 in Washington and he's done a nice job handling that. He makes improvement every day."
Fantasy Tip: This is precisely the reason why the Browns have penciled in Hoyer as the starter heading into Week 1, for now. That isn't to say that Manziel can't move ahead of him in training camp and the preseason, but it's unlikely, for now.
Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:36:38 -0700
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said QB Brian Hoyer will enter training camp as the No. 1 quarterback, but QB Johnny Manziel will also get first-team snaps and Hoyer's lead is not insurmountable.
Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:39:37 -0700
ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski said it is his opinion that Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer will be the starting quarterback Week 1, because he is far ahead of QB Johnny Manziel in terms of understanding the offense.
Sat, 07 Jun 2014 07:06:04 -0700
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones admits it was tough to pass on QB Johnny Manziel in the NFL Draft. "Well, it was," Jones said. "Yes, it was. First of all, I couldn't believe he had fallen there. And secondly, we had spent a lot of time, I'd spent a lot of time. He's the kind of player that can be that kind of difference-maker. There's no doubt in my mind that he'll be a successful player. We have in Romo what I consider to be the better quarterback. But there's also the future, there's also insurance if you don't have him. If anybody could have adjusted to Manziel's style, we could have because we're a lot like that with Romo."
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:47:44 -0700
According to a report, each of the last five first-round quarterbacks started Week 1 of their rookie campaigns, the longest streak since the AFL-NFL merger. QBs Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater were all first-round draft picks this year. The report also stated that 49 percent of first-round QBs started within their team's first five games.
Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:03:01 -0700
A lawsuit that accused Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel of sexual harassment has been tossed out of court. The complaint is stricken as immaterial, impertinent and scandalous," judge Steven Merryday wrote in his order to dismiss the complaint that was obtained by USA TODAY Sports.
Wed, 04 Jun 2014 09:05:46 -0700
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said QB Johnny Manziel has made some good plays during organized team activities but it is hard to judge him since the defense is not allowed to hit him. "It's difficult when he's got the red shirt on and the defensive guys know they can't tackle him," Pettine said. "It's hard to get glimpses of that. But we did some design rollouts with him and he's shown when he can get in the open field, he can run through an angle and he can eat up some ground pretty quickly." Manziel was able to make several good throws while rolling out of the pocket during organized team activities Tuesday, June 3, but also threw two interceptions during the workout.
Fri, 30 May 2014 15:10:29 -0700
Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said QB Johnny Manziel reminds him of Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III. Shanahan worked with Griffin in Washington. "Johnny and Robert are very similar," Shanahan said. "They're both talented guys who can make plays with their legs. 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." Shanahan has been impressed with Manziel's work ethic so far during organized team activities in his mission to win the starting quarterback job in his rookie year.
Fantasy Tip: It sure sounds as if Shanahan likes Manziel, although the Browns have said that Brian Hoyer (knee) will start in Week 1 if he's healthy. Manziel should be able to win the starting job outright if he applies himself throughout the offseason. Don't expect Shanahan to work his magic with Manziel in the way he did with RGIII immediately, however. There will be plenty of growing pains. Enough to make Manziel avoidable for fantasy football.
Wed, 28 May 2014 10:24:44 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel received some reps with the first-team offense in team drills during organized team activities Wednesday, May 28.
Tue, 27 May 2014 13:47:15 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel reported to the team for organized team activities Tuesday, May 27, after spending a weekend in Las Vegas. Manziel responded to criticism of the trip saying he was able to study his playbook during his time away.
Fri, 23 May 2014 07:08:03 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel's agent Erik Burkhardt said Manziel is being sued for $25 million by a woman in Florida for alleged sexual harassment. However, the lawsuit was filed under the name of Samantha Schacher, the co-host of a television show. Schacher denied filing the suit but also named someone she believes filed the suit in her name.
Thu, 22 May 2014 10:00:46 -0700
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said the team is not going to let jersey sales dictate their depth chart, although he is not opposed to playing QB Johnny Manziel if he can help the team have some success.
Wed, 21 May 2014 14:15:00 -0700
Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer said QB Brian Hoyer is the best quarterback on the team's roster by a substantial margin over QB Johnny Manziel. Farmer said he wants the best quarterback on the roster to start for the team in the fall.
Wed, 21 May 2014 13:07:49 -0700
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said QB Johnny Manziel looked inconsistent in practice Wednesday, May 21. "I just think just like any other rookie that he's inconsistent," Browns coach Mike Pettine said after the second day of the entire team being on the practice field. "I think a lot of it is the mental part of it. [Manziel] is more worrying about getting the formation right, making sure the motion's correct. Then he's got the cadence, and then he's got to worry about where guys are.
"Being good mechanically takes a backseat to learning the system first."
Wed, 21 May 2014 09:03:59 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer received the first snaps during offensive drills Tuesday, May 21. He was followed by QB Tyler Thigpen and QB Johnny Manziel.
Mon, 19 May 2014 12:30:36 -0700
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine the competition between QBs Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel for the starting quarterback job will be fair and, the team will start the best quarterback this upcoming season.
Mon, 19 May 2014 10:22:18 -0700
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said QB Johnny Manziel had a very successful three-day minicamp with the team over the weekend, and he'll begin practicing with the rest of the team this week. "They see Johnny in the locker room and they know he's a good guy and a good teammate," Pettine said. "There's no diva-type personality there -- he's just another guy. He's funny and fun to be around and he's going to work hard and that's something they all respect."
Mon, 19 May 2014 09:57:07 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel knows that he'll have to work to earn the starting job in Cleveland, and that nothing will be handed to him right off the bat. "I'm a rookie," Manziel said. "I need to earn my place. I need to earn my keep. Nothing here needs to be handed to me. I don't need to be treated based off what I did in the past because that doesn't mean a thing at this level."
Fantasy Tip: Manziel is facing an uphill battle for the starting quarterback job, as Mike Pettine stated earlier this offseason that it's Brian Hoyer's job to lose. We're not ruling out the fact that Manziel could win the job outright in training camp, but it's unlikely.
Mon, 12 May 2014 13:00:09 -0700
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine denied a report that said the team originally had Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater's name on their draft card but changed it to QB Johnny Manziel in the last 10 seconds. Pettine said the team considered selecting Manziel if they would have kept the fourth overall pick.
Mon, 12 May 2014 09:58:35 -0700
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam made it a point to say that QB Johnny Manziel is the backup to QB Brian Hoyer heading into the 2014 season. However, he'll be given a chance to compete.
Sun, 11 May 2014 10:26:19 -0700
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam did not dictate or even influence the organization to draft QB Johnny Manziel, according to Browns general manager Ray Farmer.
Fri, 09 May 2014 19:00:15 -0700
Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel was the highest-rated player on their draft board when they picked in the first round of the 2014 Draft, but did not select Manziel because they have too much invested in QB Tony Romo.
Fri, 09 May 2014 13:11:48 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel said he knows where he stands as a rookie entering his first season with the team in 2014. "I'm a rookie coming in, low guy on the totem pole," Manziel said at the Browns' facility. "I need to show these guys with actions to earn their respect."
Fri, 09 May 2014 11:13:17 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel said he is totally committed to football and plans to tone down "Johnny Football."
Fri, 09 May 2014 10:09:21 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer said he was not surprised the team took QB Johnny Manziel in the first round of the NFL Draft. "Everybody in America knew we were going to draft a QB," Hoyer said.
Fri, 09 May 2014 09:47:17 -0700
Cleveland Browns team president Alec Scheiner said that in the 12 hours following the Browns' selection of QB Johnny Manziel in the NFL Draft, Cleveland has sold more than 1,500 season tickets, according to ESPN Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell.
Fri, 09 May 2014 07:17:45 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings tried to trade up to select Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel before he was taken at No. 22.
Fri, 09 May 2014 00:18:08 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel received effusive praise from Browns head coach Mike Pettine. Pettine cited Manziel's "it factor" and competitive nature.
"That's the reason I thought so highly of him when I personally evaluated him,'' said Pettine. "I thought his ("it factor'') is at an extreme level, to the point where it's created Johnny football, the fact that he is all those things to an amazing degree. He's ultra-competitive, ultra-compassionate. He's a guy that he just finds a way.''
Pettine noted the team will have to address and plan for Manziel's highly publicized off-the-field persona, which he said isn't really reflective of Manziel himself.
Fantasy Tip: And we're expected to believe the quarterback competition will be fair? Yeah ... so, about that. It would be quite surprising if Manziel wasn't Cleveland's Week 1 starter.