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Where's Johnny: It's gotta be the shoes

Aug 01, 2014 -- 3:30pm

By Jason Gibbs | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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9:25am: Johnny Manziel is the third QB on the field this sunny and warm Friday morning. And he’s wearing those famous neon green, glow-in-the dark Nikes.

9:30am: QB/Center Exchange

9:38am: Stretch time

9:40am: Johnny trades out the glow-in-the-dark Nike’s for his regular cleats. I had a conversation with one of the equipment guys who told me the team in no way told him to take them off. Turns out those shoes are a Nike prototype and Johnny is wearing them when he warms up to get an idea on what the width of the shoes should be and what other modifications that Nike needs to make. Shoegate has been solved!

9:48am: QB/RB pitch and dump off drill. Johnny’s first play goes to RB Chris Ogbonnaya.

9:56am: QB/WR Drills; Endzone slants and fades

10:00am: QB/WR Drills

10:05am: QB/WR/TE drills

10:12am: Johnny and the QB’s throw to all skill position guys (WR/TE/RB)

10:18am: Handoff Drill with OL and DL

10:24am: 1 on 1 Drill with QB’s throwing (Numbers- 1/4)

  • Play #1 – Incomplete to WR Travis Benjamin (almost picked off by CB Joe Haden)
  • Play #2 – Completion to WR Andrew Hawkins
  • Play #3 – Incomplete pass to WR Taylor Gabriel
  • Play #4 – Incomplete pass to WR Anthony Armstrong

Johnny then goes back to the other field for hand-off drills involving the OL and DL.

10:33am: Special Teams time. QB footwork and agility drills for Johnny, Brian and company.

10:46am: 11 on 11 Drill number one

10:50am: Johnny time (Numbers – 0/2 with an INT and two handoffs)

  • Play #1 – Handoff to RB Isaiah Crowell
  • Play #2 – Play action for Johnny and he throws an incomplete pass intended for Andrew Hawkins
  • Play #3 – Handoff to RB Chris Ogbonnaya
  • Play #4 – Johnny gets picked off by DB Josh Aubrey

10:57am: Johnny time (Numbers – No passes; 2 handoffs and one slip-up)

  • Play #1 – Handoff to RB Edwin Baker
  • Play #2 – Handoff to RB Dion Lewis
  • Play #3 – Johnny goes play action, turns and slips ending the play

10:59am: 5 on 5 Drill

11:02am: Johnny time (Numbers – 4/4 with two TD’s)

  • Play #1 – Touchdown pass to WR Andrew Hawkins
  • Play #2 – Completion to WR Willie Snead
  • Play #3 – Completion to RB Ben Tate
  • Play #4 – Touchdown pass to WR Anthony Armstrong who turns and throws the ball up into the second deck of the hospitality deck to a fan who does his best Greg Little impersonation and drops the ball.

11:07am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/2 with a TD)

  • Play #1 – One of Johnny’s best throws of the day goes to WR Miles Austin who goes into the endzone for six.
  • Play #2 – Incomplete pass

11:09am: Special Teams time. QB’s go to work on agility.

11:20am: 11 on 11 (3rd down situations)

11:23am: Johnny time (Numbers 0/3 with one handoff)

  • Play #1 – Handoff to FB Ray Agnew
  • Play #2 – Incomplete pass to WR Andrew Hawkins
  • Play #3 – Incomplete pass to WR Miles Austin
  • Play #4 – Johnny is flushed out of the pocket and throws an incomplete pass to WR Marlon Moore.

11:31am: Johnny time (Numbers – 3/3)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Jonathan Krause
  • Play #2 – Completion to WR Miles Austin
  • Play #3 – Completion to WR Willie Snead

11:35am: 11 on 11 (Red Zone)

11:37am: Johnny time (Numbers 1/2 with one run)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Andrew Hawkins
  • Play #2 – Rolls right and throws an incompletion to WR Miles Austin
  • Play #3 – Johnny runs right up the middle and into the endzone for a TD. He proceeds to toss the ball over the goalposts which generates a flag from the official for excessive celebrating.

11:46am: Johnny time (Numbers 0/2 with one run)

  • Play #1 – Incomplete pass to Travis Benjamin
  • Play #2 – Play action pitch to WR Travis Benjamin
  • Play #3 – Incomplete pass to WR Andrew Hawkins

 

UN-OFFICIAL PASSING TOTALS TODAY FOR JOHNNY - 10/22 3TD’s 1INT 1Rush TD

 

 

 

Browns receivers prepare for life without Gordon

Aug 01, 2014 -- 1:21pm

By Mike Goldstein | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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BEREA -- The Browns spent Friday morning's practice gearing up for Saturday at Akron's InfoCision Stadium, where the team will hold their first full-scale scrimmage of training camp and where they'll display their full camp roster in front of a sold out crowd of 25,000-plus.

Their entire roster, with the likely exception of at least one: receiver Josh Gordon.

While Gordon appeals his potential season-long suspension, his teammates try to carry on as-usual as they prepare for life without the league's leading receiver.

"We haven't really even been thinking about it," receiver Andrew Hawkins said after practice on Friday.

Veteran Nate Burleson feels likewise: “We get some news [on Gordon's suspension], we get some news. But either way, we got to show up and go to work.”

Added Hawkins: "We have a bunch of hard-working guys with chips on their shoulders who come out here and but their butt every day and I’ll take that ten times out of ten."

Both Hawkins and Burleson spoke highly of Gordon's work and personality around the team.

"Josh is a great guy, he’s a great teammate and I love being around him," Hawkins said. "He’s a fun guy and he takes his job serious.”

 

 

 

Where's Johnny: Manziel Bounces Back

Jul 31, 2014 -- 3:15pm

By Jason Gibbs | ESPNCleveland.com

 

9:29am: After a day off the Browns are back on the practice field. Johnny is the last QB out at 9:29 and at 9:30 the horn sounds to start the day.

9:31am: The QB’s work on the exchange with their respective centers.

9:38am: Stretch time

9:49am: QB/RB Drills. On Johnny’s first play he rolls to the right, throwing a pass to RB Chris Ogbonnaya.

9:54am: QB to RB handoff exchange drill

10:01am: QB/WR/TE drills

10:10am: Johnny and the QB’s throw to all skill position guys (WR/TE/RB)

10:20am: 3 on 3 Drill with QB’s

No official numbers on this drill, but Manziel with three fantastic deep ball completions to WR’s Anthony Armstrong, Nate Burleson and Charles Johnson. Manziel looked really good in this drill.

10:26am: 11 on 11 Drill number one

10:30am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/2 with two runs and a dead ball)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Miles Austin
  • Play #2 – Johnny scrambles to the right side and runs out-of-bounds
  • Play #3 – Handoff to RB Chris Ogbonnaya
  • Play #4 – Snap goes over the head of Johnny; play whistled dead
  • Play #5 – Incomplete pass to WR Andrew Hawkins

10:38am: Special Teams time. QB footwork and agility drills for Johnny, Brian and company.

10:49am: 11 on 11 Drill number two

10:52am: Johnny time (Numbers – Zero passes with one run)

  • Play #1 - Handoff to FB Ray Agnew

10:57am: Johnny time (Numbers – 0/1 with two sacks for safeties)

  • Play #1 – Johnny rolls to his right and ends up throwing the ball away
  • Play #2 – Johnny is “sacked” in the endzone for a safety
  • Play #3 – Same results. Manziel holds onto the ball too long this time and ends up getting “sacked”

11:02am: 7 on 7 Drill (Numbers – 2/4)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Andrew Hawkins
  • Play #2 – Incomplete pass to RB Terrance West
  • Play #3 – Completion to WR Andrew Hawkins
  • Play #4 – Incomplete pass. Johnny overthrows everyone.

11:11am: Johnny time (Numbers – 3/4)

  • Play #1 – Completion to TE Gary Barnidge
  • Play #2 – Incomplete pass to WR Nate Burleson
  • Play #3 – Completion to WR Charles Johnson
  • Play #4 – Completion to WR Taylor Gabriel

11:17am: Special Teams time. QB footwork and agility drills for Johnny, Brian and company.

11:30am: 11 on 11 Drill number three

11:32am: Johnny time (Numbers – 2/3)

  • Play #1 – Johnny rolls out under pressure and throws a nice completion to FB Ray Agnew
  • Play #2 – Incomplete pass to TE James Oboh
  • Play #3 – Completion to WR Travis Benjamin

11:38am: Johnny time (Numbers – two runs)

  • Play #1 – Johnny runs with the ball on a QB keeper
  • Play #2 – Handoff to RB Dion Lewis

11:44am: Goal Line Drill (Numbers – 1/2 with one run)

  • Play #1 – Johnny with his best play of the day rolling to his left and side-arming a TD pass to TE Jim Dray.
  • Play #2 – Incomplete pass to TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi in the endzone who just about gets be-headed by FS Tashaun Gipson.
  • Play #3 – A penalty on the defense nullifies the run and gives the offense another shot at the endzone.
  • Play #4 – Handoff to RB Edwin Baker who bangs into the endzone for a TD.

UN-OFFICIAL PASSING TOTALS TODAY FOR JOHNNY - 9/16

 

 

 

Johnny's roommate says he's "pretty normal"

Jul 31, 2014 -- 1:59pm

By Mike Goldstein | ESPNCleveland.com

 

BEREA -- Sometimes, Johnny Manziel is out in the club, hanging with Drake or LeBron. And sometimes, he's just sitting in a hotel room, watching Blood Diamond.

Browns' rookie OL Joel Bitonio would know -- he's Johnny's roommate. (“I get asked more questions about Johnny than anything else," he says.)

Bitonio joined ESPN Cleveland's "The Really Big Show" on Thursday and the conversation turned to Johnny, who Bitonio describes as an "introvert."

"When he [first] walked in the room, I was like, 'Man, that's Johnny Football. Let's see what this is about,'" Bitonio told ESPN Cleveland. After that, Bitonio quickly realized: "Man, this guy's pretty normal."

 

 

Where's Johnny: Not Getting It Done

Jul 29, 2014 -- 3:12pm

By Jason Gibbs | ESPNCleveland.com

 

BEREA -- Where's Johnny? Let's take a look at his day:

9:27am: On this Tuesday, Johnny is the third QB out of the locker room. One minute later Brian Hoyer appears and away we go.

9:30am: The QB’s spend a few minutes before stretching working once again with their respective centers.

9:38am: Stretch time

9:48am: QB to RB swing pass drill

9:50am: QB to RB handoff exchange drill

9:55am: QB to WR drills

10:02am: QB/WR/TE drills

10:10am: Johnny and the QB’s throw to all skill position guys (WR/TE/RB)

10:17am: 4 on 4 drill with the QB’s handing off to RB’s

10:23am: 1 on 1 passing drill with QB’s throwing. Johnny’s Numbers – 3/10

  • Incomplete pass to WR Nate Burleson
  • Complete pass to WR Willie Snead
  • Incomplete pass to WR Jonathan Krause. Krause caught the ball but was ruled out-of-bounds.
  • Incomplete pass to WR Charles Johnson
  • Complete pass to WR Nate Burleson
  • Incomplete pass to WR Taylor Gabriel
  • Incomplete pass to WR Jonathan Krause
  • Incomplete pass to WR Charles Johnson
  • Incomplete pass to WR Willie Snead
  • Johnny with his best pass of the drill hooks up with newly signed free agent WR Marlon Moore on a deep route pass and catch.

10:34am: Running drill with QB’s handing off to RB’s behind a full line

10:36am: Special Teams time with the QB’s getting a little break

10:46am: 11 on 11 Drill number one

10:49am: Johnny time (Numbers – 0/2 with two running plays)

  • Play #1 – Handoff to RB Dion Lewis
  • Play #2 – Manziel rolls right and throws the ball out-of-bounds, incomplete
  • Play #3 – Manziel, facing pressure, throws incomplete to WR Charles Johnson
  • Play #4 – Handoff to RB Chris Ogbonnaya

10:57am:  Johnny time (Numbers – 0/1 with two running plays)

  • Play #1 - Handoff to RB Edwin Baker
  • Play #2 – Handoff to RB Dion Lewis
  • Play #3 – If this was a game, Manziel would have been crushed by LB Paul Kruger for a sack but instead he’s allowed to get the ball off and it’s intercepted by DB Jordan Poyer.

11:00am: 5 on 5 Drills

11:02am: Johnny takes the field (Numbers – 3/4)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Willie Snead
  • Play #2 – Completion to WR Miles Austin
  • Play #3 – Completion to WR Nate Burleson (who fires up the crowd after the catch)
  • Play #4 – Incomplete pass to WR Andrew Hawkins

11:08am:  Johnny part 2 Numbers – 1/2)

  • Play #1 – Incomplete pass to WR Josh Gordon who almost makes a brilliant one-handed catch.
  • Play #2 – Completion to WR Josh Gordon

11:11am: Special Teams. QB’s with footwork and agility drills.

11:22am: 11 on 11 Drill number two

11:25am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/3)

  • Play #1 – Delayed draw to RB Dion Lewis
  • Play #2 – Completion to TE James Oboh
  • Play #3 – Incomplete pass
  • Play #4 – Incomplete pass to WR Travis Benjamin who drops a well-thrown ball

11:32am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/2)

  • Play #1 – Pitch to RB Edwin Baker
  • Play #2 – Incomplete pass to WR Josh Gordon (Definitely pass interference on the pass)
  • Play #3 – Dump off pass to RB Isiah Crowell

11:36am: Johnny time (Numbers 0/2)

  • Play #1 – Rolls right and throws a bullet to WR Charles Johnson who drops the pass
  • Play #2 – Handoff to RB Terrance West
  • Play #3 – Technically Johnny gets “sacked” by the defense but play is allowed to continue and Johnny ends his day throwing an INT to DB Josh Aubrey.

 

UN-OFFICIAL PASSING TOTALS TODAY FOR JOHNNY - 9/26

 

 

 

Tate welcomes competition at RB spot

Jul 29, 2014 -- 2:16pm

By Mike Goldstein | ESPNCleveland.com

 

BEREA -- This is the kind of thing that happens at training camp.

Players are fresh and ready to go. They're running into each other at nearly full speed. Rookies are trying to grab a spot on the depth chart. There's competition. Emotions are, presumably, relatively high for certain folks.

On Tuesday, Browns running back Ben Tate was again asked about the state of affairs between he and rookie runner Terrance West, who are engaged in what seems to be a legitimate battle for regular season playing time -- one that has led to a spirited back-and-forth that's played out through the media.

Tate downplayed any bad blood between the two, saying simply that "competition is needed to have a good team."

This was a much more tempered approach from Tate. Last month, during the team's minicamp, Tate was almost dismissive of West, saying:

“I know when I’m on my game, no disrespect to any running back here but there’s nobody that can really touch me who’s close to what I do. I battled in and out every day with what some people consider the best running back in the league, Arian Foster. ... I’ve seen the best, I battled it. So this around here, to me, is really not anything.”

Since then, West has twice responded to Tate's comments, the most recent of which coming just days ago at the start of camp. The rookie dropped the line, "Actions speak louder than words."

In other words: game on.

Confidence is high on both sides. Tate and West will continue to get after it on the field but there doesn't seem to be any beef beyond that.

 

 

 

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