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Johnny continues his 50/50 trend on final tune-up before Washington

Aug 16, 2014 -- 2:02pm

By Jason Gibbs | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Browns' quarterback Johnny Manziel adressing the media after Saturday's practice.

 

BEREA -- Johnny Manziel continued his 50/50 trend on Saturday at the Browns' final practice leading up to Monday night's game at Washington.

9:28am: It’s good to be alive! Johnny is QB #4 out on the field this morning and we are underway just two days before Browns/Redskins!

9:30am: QB/Center Exchanges. Johnny is back with the two’s today.

9:38am: Stretch time

9:48am: Offensive shell drill.

9:50am: Johnny time- Johnny pitches the ball to RB Terrance West with the second team offense

9:55am: QB/WR Drills

10:08am: 11 on 11 Drill number one

10:10am: Johnny time (Numbers – 0/2 with two handoffs)

  • Play #1 – Johnny goes play action but throws an incomplete pass to WR Anthony Armstrong
  • Play #2 – Handoff to RB Chris Ogbonnaya
  • Play #3 – Handoff to RB Dion Lewis
  • Play #4 – Incompletion pass to WR Anthony Armstrong

10:16am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/1 with one handoff)

  • Play #1 – Handoff to RB Edwin Baker
  • Play #2 – Play action completion to WR Travis Benjamin

10:18am: Special Teams time. QB’s go to work on agility.

10:30am: 7 on 7 Drill

10:32am: Johnny time (Numbers – 2/4)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Miles Austin
  • Play #2 – Incomplete pass to WR Andrew Hawkins
  • Play #3 – Completion to WR Andrew Hawkins
  • Play #4 – Incomplete pass to WR Taylor Gabriel

10:38am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/2)

  • Play #1 – Incomplete pass to WR Tim Smith (Dropped)
  • Play #2 – Completion to WR Anthony Armstrong

10:39am: 11 on 11 Drill number two (Red Zone)

10:42am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/2 with two handoffs)

  • Play #1 – Handoff to RB Terrance West
  • Play #2 – Handoff
  • Play #3 – Incomplete pass to WR Travis Benjamin (Almost picked off)
  • Play #4 – Completion to WR Taylor Gabriel

10:49am:  Johnny time (Numbers – 3/5 with a TD and an INT plus one handoff)

  • Play #1 – Johnny is intercepted by DB Royce Adams
  • Play #2 – Completion to WR Taylor Gabriel
  • Play #3 – Handoff to RB Terrance West
  • Play #4 – Completion to RB Terrance West
  • Play #5 – Incomplete pass (Ball batted down)
  • Play #6 – Completion to WR Charles Johnson for a Touchdown

10:54am: Special Teams time. QB’s go to work on agility.

11:03am: 11 on 11 Drill number three

11:06am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/2 with one handoff)

  • Play #1 – Incomplete pass to WR Taylor Gabriel
  • Play #2 – Handoff to RB Ben Tate
  • Play #3 – Completion to WR Miles Austin

NOTE: Around 11:10am fight time breaks out. A late shove after a play by RT Mitchell Schwartz to LB Justin Staples sets off an entire team fight. LT Joe Thomas ends up at the bottom of the pile. Coach Pettine is angry (that is an understatement) and the team runs before resuming the drill.

11:21am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/2 with one handoff)

  • Play #1 – Incomplete pass to WR Andrew Hawkins
  • Play #2 – Handoff to RB Terrance West
  • Play #3 – Completion to WR Miles Austin

11:28am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/2 with one handoff)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Travis Benjamin
  • Play #2 – Handoff to RB Terrance West
  • Play #3 – Incomplete pass to WR Travis Benjamin

UN-OFFICIAL PASSING TOTALS TODAY FOR JOHNNY – 11/22 1TD/1INT

Manziel's Un-Official Numbers for this week: 61/122 (50%) passing

Manziel's Un-Official Training Camp Numbers: 178/347 (51%) passing (Games excluded)

 

 

Where's Johnny: Right at 50%

Aug 15, 2014 -- 9:14pm

By Jason Gibbs | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Photo/Getty via ESPN

BEREA -- It's the second-to-last practice of the week and the first practice of the week when we know that Johnny Manziel will not start this Monday night's game at Washington.

9:27am: Happy Friday everybody! Johnny is QB #3 out on the field on this beautiful morning.

9:30am: QB/Center Exchanges and Warm-Ups. Johnny is working with Alex Mack. Looks like he’s with the one’s today.

9:38am: Stretch time

9:46am: Offense Team Drill. Confirmed…Johnny is with the first team today.

9:48am: QB/RB Drills

9:56am: QB/WR Drills

10:06am: Offensive shell drill with QB’s and skill position guys

10:17am: The QB’s split up. Johnny goes to another field for TE/LB drills with QB’s throwing (Numbers not available)

10:23am: O-Line vs. D-Line Drill with QB’s and RB’s

10:26am: One on One Drill with QB’s throwing

10:26am: Johnny time (Numbers – 3/7)

  • Play #1 – Incomplete pass to WR Andrew Hawkins
  • Play #2 – Incomplete pass to WR Charles Johnson
  • Play #3 – Completion to WR Willie Snead
  • Play #4 – Incomplete pass to WR Jonathan Krause
  • Play #5 – Incomplete pass to WR Anthony Armstrong
  • Play #6 – Completion to WR Willie Snead
  • Play #7 – Completion

10:34am: Special Teams time. QB’s go to work on agility.

10:44am: 11 on 11 Drill number one

10:44am: Johnny time (Numbers – 2/3 with one handoff)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Miles Austin
  • Play #2 – Incomplete pass to WR Marlon Moore
  • Play #3 – Completion to WR Travis Benjamin
  • Play #4 – Handoff

10:53am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/3 with one handoff)

  • Play #1 – Incomplete pass to WR Travis Benjamin
  • Play #2 – Incomplete pass
  • Play #3 – Handoff to RB Terrance West
  • Play #4 – Completion to TE/FB MarQueis Gray

10:58am: 7 on 7 Drill

10:58am: Johnny time (Numbers – 2/4)

Play #1 – Incomplete pass to WR Taylor Gabriel
Play #2 – Incomplete pass to RB Ben Tate
Play #3 – Completion to WR Charles Johnson
Play #4 – Completion to TE Jordan Cameron

11:05am: Johnny time (Numbers – 0/2)

  • Play #1 – Incomplete pass to WR Travis Benjamin
  • Play #2 – Incomplete pass to WR Jonathan Krause

11:07am: Special Teams time. QB’s go to work on agility.

11:19am: 11 on 11 Drill number two (Red Zone)

11:19am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/2 with two running plays)

  • Play #1 – Handoff to RB Ben Tate
  • Play #2 – Manziel with a nice run
  • Play #3 – Incomplete pass to RB Ben Tate
  • Play #4 – Completion to WR Jonathan Krause

11:29am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/2 with two handoffs)

  • Play #1 – Handoff to RB Ben Tate
  • Play #2 – Handoff to RB Ben Tate
  • Play #3 – Incomplete pass
  • Play #4 – Completion to WR Miles Austin

11:34am: 11 on 11 Drill number three

11:34am: Johnny time (Numbers – 4/5 with a botched snap)

  • Play #1 – Incomplete pass to WR Miles Austin
  • Play #2 – Completion to WR Anthony Armstrong
  • Play #3 – Completion to WR Anthony Armstrong
  • Play #4 – Completion to WR Anthony Armstrong
  • Play #5 – Never happens…Johnny mis-handles the snap
  • Play #6 – Completion to TE Jordan Cameron

11:46am: Johnny time (Numbers – 2/4)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Miles Austin
  • Play #2 – Incomplete pass to RB Ben Tate
  • Play #3 – Completion to WR Willie Snead
  • Play #4 – Incomplete pass to WR Willie Snead

MANZIEL'S UNOFFICIAL PASSING TOTALS FRIDAY – 16-for-32

MANZIEL’S UNOFFICIAL NUMBERS FOR THIS WEEK – 50-for-100

MANZIEL'S UNOFFICIAL NUMBERS FOR TRAINING CAMP – 167-for-325 (51%) passing (Games excluded)

 

 

 

Pettine, Browns accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Aug 15, 2014 -- 3:36pm

By Mike Goldstein and Jason Gibbs | ESPNCleveland.com

 

BEREA -- Challenge accepted.

Mike Pettine and a host of Cleveland Browns players and personnel -- including Johnny Manziel -- took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday immediately following practice.

Pettine even managed to add a little good-natured trash talk aimed at Rex Ryan, Pettine's former boss and the one who extended the challenge to Pettine and the Browns.

 

 

 

Jim Brown: "I like Johnny"

Aug 15, 2014 -- 2:17pm

By Mike Goldstein | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Photo/ESPN Cleveland

BEREA -- With a smirk and a chuckle under his breath, Jim Brown gave it away.

Even at 78 years old, even with a cane at his side, something smooth and just plain cool radiates from the Browns' legend.

He gets "it." He understands the Johnny Manziel vibe. He understands what Johnny Manziel is. And, silently, he gave his approval.

Then, he confirmed it:

"I like Johnny, you know, I like his type," Brown told ESPN Cleveland's "The Really Big Show" on Friday. "Johnny is a champion, Johnny won games in college. He won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman, didn’t he? … That’s pretty bold. Not bad. You got to have something going on to do that."

Brown -- 57 years Manziel's senior -- seems to easily identify with the first-year QB who can't stay out of the news.

"You’ve got to remember, I’m an ex-player. We used to party," Brown said. "Let’s get real, man, we chase girls."

Brown was quick to condemn alcohol and drug use and abuse -- simply brushing along side the topic of Johnny partaking in any of those vices turned Brown's face stone-serious. But some good old-fashioned fun away from the field for someone who produces on it?

“There’s nothing wrong with it.”

 

Full audio of Browns's conversation with ESPN Cleveland can be found here with video listed below:

 

 

 

Jaworski: "Disappointed" in Hoyer's progress

Aug 14, 2014 -- 12:33pm

By Mike Goldstein | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Photo/Getty via ESPN

Johnny Manziel vs Brian Hoyer. Perhaps the most important -- and definitely the most discussed -- position battle raging at Browns training camp revolves around the starter at quarterback.

Manziel has been working his way through the rookie learning curve, trying to gain ground on Hoyer, who went into camp with the quarterback spot as his to lose.

And lose it, he may.

ESPN's Ron Jaworski is a noted quarterback guru and has been "disappointed" in what he's seen from Hoyer thus far.

“I actually thought, going into the season, Brian Hoyer would and should be the starting quarterback," Jaworski told ESPN Cleveland's "The Really Big Show" on Thursday. "But, quite honestly, after watching Brian, he did not play well [in the team's first preseason game] against Detroit and it’s his job to lose. Unfortunately, he didn’t play well enough in the game where you could say that. So he clearly has to play better.

"He left plays on the field, which is uncharacteristic of a veteran NFL quarterback."

By the numbers, Hoyer's start against the Lions did little to stem the oncoming Manziel tide -- eight of Hoyer's 14 passes were incomplete, he failed to lead the team to the endzone and his rating was 65.2 in just a handful of series.

By comparison, Manziel -- who was playing in his first game against an opposing NFL defense -- completed 7-of-11 passes and was the Browns' leading rusher with 27 yards on six carries (a 4.5 yard-per-carry average). He flashed excitement; Hoyer flashed rust.

“And I think the one thing that Johnny will bring to the football team is energy,” Jaworski added.

But there's a caveat:

“Johnny's got to show me," Jaworski said. “I’m still a firm believer that you win championships from the pocket. And until Johnny proves to me — at least in my evaluation — that he can play the game from the pocket, go through a reading progression, throw the football accurately with good fundamentals, mechanics and anticipation, you know, I’m still going to question him.”

Manziel's first preseason game was far from masterful -- or even starter-quality -- but there's a ton of upside. If Manziel does, indeed, show Jaworski (and the Browns' coaching stff) the potential to be a complete NFL quarterback, could Jaws see Manziel starting week one at Pittsburgh?

“I would hope not, but I certainly do believe there’s a chance," Jaworski said. “At the end of the day, when you get on the field, you have to make it happen.”

Full audio of Jaworski's conversation with ESPN Cleveland can be found here.

 

 

 

Where's Johnny: Back with the second team again

Aug 13, 2014 -- 2:57pm

By Jason Gibbs | ESPNCleveland.com

 

BEREA -- Still no word on which quarterback will start on Monday night at Washington but the Browns' coaching staff should have their decision made by tomorrow, which means that this is the final practice before that call is made.

9:18am: We start Wednesday with a non-Johnny note. The first QB out today? New Browns QB Rex Grossman who trots out with Punter Spencer Lanning.

9:24am: Johnny walks out of the locker room. The fourth and final QB to come out this morning.

9:30am: QB/Center Exchanges and Warm-Ups

9:38am: Stretch time

9:48am: Offense Team Drill. Johnny is with the second team today. His first play is a handoff to RB Terrance West.

9:50am: Offensive shell drill with QB’s and skill position guys

10:07am: Special Teams time. QB’s go to work on agility.

10:19am: 11 on 11 Drill number one

10:22am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/2 with two handoffs)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Travis Benjamin on a beautiful deep ball down the middle
  • Play #2 – Handoff to RB Dion Lewis
  • Play #3 – Incomplete pass to WR Anthony Armstrong
  • Play #4 – Handoff to RB Chris Ogbonnaya

10:30am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/1 with two handoffs)

  • Play #1 – Handoff to RB Edwin Baker
  • Play #2 – Completion to WR Andrew Hawkins off of play action
  • Play #3 – Handoff to RB Isaiah Crowell

10:32am: 5 on 5 Red Zone Drill

10:36am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/4)

  • Play #1 – Incomplete pass to TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi
  • Play #2 – Completion to WR Travis Benjamin
  • Play #3 – TE Jim Dray comes down with the ball in the back of the endzone but is ruled out of bounds, incomplete
  • Play #4 – Incomplete pass to WR Travis Benjamin

10:43am: Johnny time (Numbers – 2/2 with a TD)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Taylor Gabriel
  • Play #2 – Completion to WR Miles Austin for a TD

10:44am: Special Teams time. QB’s go to work on agility

10:54am: 11 on 11 Drill number two

10:59am: Johnny time (Numbers – 3/3 with one run)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Andrew Hawkins
  • Play #2 – Completion to WR Miles Austin
  • Play #3 – Completion to WR Andrew Hawkins
  • Play #4 – Johnny with a run to the right side

11:07am: Johnny time (Numbers – 1/3)

  • Play #1 – Incomplete pass to WR Anthony Armstrong
  • Play #2 – Incomplete pass to RB Isaiah Crowell
  • Play #3 – Completion to TE Jordan Cameron

11:10am: 11 on 11 Drill number three (game simulation)

11:17am: Johnny time (Numbers – 3/5 with one handoff)

  • Play #1 – Completion to WR Charles Johnson
  • Play #2 – Completion to RB Terrance West
  • Play #3 – Incomplete pass to TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi
  • Play #4 – Completion to WR Anthony Armstrong
  • Play #5 – Handoff to RB Terrance West
  • Play #6 – Incomplete pass to WR Taylor Gabriel

11:21am: 11 on 11 Red Zone Drill (1st team only)

 

UNOFFICIAL PASSING TOTALS TODAY FOR JOHNNY: 12/20 with 1 TD

MANZIEL’S UNOFFICIAL NUMBERS FOR THIS WEEK: 34/68 (50%) passing

MANZIEL'S UNOFFICIAL TRAINING CAMP NUMBERS: 151/293 (51%) passing (Games excluded)

 

 

 

 

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