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Manziel Flips the Bird in Preseason Loss

Manziel Flips the Bird in Preseason Loss

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LANDOVER, Md.) — It was not a good night for the Cleveland Browns offense, and the frustration showed when backup quarterback Johnny Manziel flipped the bird to the Washington Redskins sideline late in a 24-23 preseason loss.
The incident occurred late in the third quarter after an incomplete pass in front of the Washington bench. As Manziel trotted back across the field, he raised his right hand and extended his middle finger in the direction of his opponents. The rookie admitted post-game that he exchanged words with the bench, and he should have responded better.
“I felt like I did a good job of holding my composure throughout the night, and you have a lapse of judgment and slip up,” said Manziel.
While the play was not flagged, Manziel is subject to a fine of $11,025 from the NFL.  He can appeal the fine and have it limited to 25 percent of a weekly check, roughly $6,200.
Manziel, like the entire Cleveland offense, struggled last night, going 5-for-13 with only 49 passing yards. The rookie did however connect with Dion Lewis for a short touchdown pass as the Browns fought to come back.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Chicago Cubs 4 (54-70) – New York Mets 1 (59-67)
Washington Nationals 5 (70-53) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (53-72) 11 Innings
Atlanta Braves 7 (65-60) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (64-61)
Philadelphia Phillies 4 (55-70) – Seattle Mariners 1 (67-57)
Los Angeles Angels 4 (73-50) – Boston Red Sox 2 (56-68) 
Baltimore Orioles 8 (71-52) – Chicago White Sox 2 (59-66)
Kansas City Royals 6 (69-55) – Minnesota Twins 4 (55-68)
St. Louis Cardinals 6 (67-57) – Cincinnati Reds 5 (61-64) 10 Innings
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Manziel Impresses in Preseason Debut

Manziel Impresses in Preseason Debut

Elsa/Getty Images(DETROIT) — It wasn’t the most glamorous of debuts, but Johnny Manziel raised some eyebrows in his first NFL preseason game. The rookie quarterback played four series for Cleveland in a 13-12 loss at Detroit on Saturday night. 
While completing 7-of-11 pass attempts for 63 yards, Manziel also rushed for 27 yards on six carries. His longest of the night, a 16-yard scamper, gave fans a glimpse into the possible future of “Johnny Football” in the NFL. 
“For me it was a good start,” Manziel said. “Have to start somewhere and set a foundation.”
Brian Hoyer got the starting nod for Cleveland and was 6-of-11 for 92 passing yards, leading a pair of drives that resulted in field goals. Hoyer, who was the starter last year for the Browns, has not voiced a concern about potentially losing his job to Manziel.
“That decision has not been made yet,” said Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine. However, a source has told ESPN’s Bob Holtzman there is a “very good chance” Manziel starts next week against Washington.
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Josh Gordon Arrested for DWI

Josh Gordon Arrested for DWI

Matt Sullivan/Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon continues to find himself in trouble. Already facing a possible year-long ban, Gordon was arrested Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina, and charged with driving while impaired.
Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said that Gordon was taken into custody after going 50 mph in a 30 mph zone around 3 a.m. Saturday. While no official word was given as to whether the impairment was alcohol or drug related, WNCN in Raleigh reported that the wide out’s blood-alcohol level was .09. The legal limit in North Carolina is .08.
Gordon was released on $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on August 26. Neither Gordon, nor his agent Drew Rosenhaus, had a comment on the arrest.
“We are aware of the matter and are disappointed to learn of this situation. We will comment further at the appropriate time,” Brown general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement.
The 23-year-old could be banned for the entire upcoming season after failing a second drug test. Gordon was suspended four games in 2013 for what he said was the use of codeine.
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Manziel Determined to Be Starter Week 1

Manziel Determined to Be Starter Week 1

Elsa/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is poised and ready to be the starter come Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Manziel said at the end of his first offseason training program on Friday that he expects to be the starter over Brian Hoyer.
“Absolutely,” Manziel said.  “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,” he 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.”
Manziel credited Hoyer’s work ethic and said that he can learn a lot from a quarterback that was an understudy to Tom Brady in New England.
“What I can learn from him, from a routine standpoint, from a knowledge standpoint, and where I need to get to,” Manziel said. “When camp starts, I’ll have a better grasp of the playbook. It won’t feel like I’m brand new to everything. But still, I think everything coach Pettine said was spot on, that Brian obviously is ahead — he’s been doing this a lot longer than I have. I’m a rookie, and so I have a lot of ground to catch up on.”
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Mike Pettine Not Worried About Johnny Manziel’s Off-the-Field Behavior

Mike Pettine Not Worried About Johnny Manziel’s Off-the-Field Behavior

Elsa/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has been the subject of media scrutiny thanks to how he’s spent his time away from the football field since getting drafted. His head coach, Mike Pettine, has no issues with how his new quarterback is spending his time off.
“I’m not concerned,” Pettine said Tuesday after the Browns minicamp practice. “I would become concerned if it was something criminal, and I would be concerned if it affected his job.”
Photos have surfaced recently of Manziel partying in Vegas and attending other events that have seen paparazzi follow him like he’s a Hollywood celebrity.
If Pettine was concerned about Manziel’s behavior this offseason, he admits it’d be hypocritical.
“I was involved with an event this weekend,” Pettine said, “and if there were cameras at certain times it probably wouldn’t have been the most flattering. We had a good time but we were responsible. When it becomes irresponsible or it becomes part of something that involves breaking the law or we feel is a potential problem. we’ll step in.”
Manziel was selected 22nd overall by the Browns.
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Brian Hoyer Wants to Participate in Full OTA Drills

Brian Hoyer Wants to Participate in Full OTA Drills

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has been limited at the team’s organized activities, but he’s battling the coaching and training staff about when he’ll get to participate in full 11-on-11 drills.
Hoyer has spent all offseason recovering from a surgically repaired right knee that he injured in October and has been limited to just a shotgun position where defenders let up while pass rushing.
“You never want to see someone else doing your job,” Hoyer said Tuesday. “That’s the biggest thing for me. I feel I’m ready, and I know a lot of people who come back from this injury talk about the mental aspect. I think I’ve conquered that months ago.”
“So I know [the coaches and medical staff] emphasized it’s the best thing in my interest and for the team, but as the competitor in me, I want to be out there with my guys, calling the plays and running them.”
Hoyer understands the importance of being on the field with a team that just drafted former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
“My argument is OTAs, are they that important? For me, they are. This isn’t my third year in this offense. I’m trying to get out there and read plays that I haven’t ever run before,” Hoyer said.  “I understand what’s at stake. I’m not stupid. I don’t want to get hurt here and not even be in training camp. I also know how much it means to be taking these reps right now.”
Hoyer wants to start working with the offense in full drills so he can implement himself in new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
“The NFL is a copycat league, so some of the plays I’m running with Kyle when I was in New England we stole from Kyle just to put in our offense,” Hoyer said. “So there’s a lot of things that have carryover, but there’s certain things Kyle runs that I’ve never run before. So I’ve been begging to get those reps because I want to make the mistakes in OTAs, not when it comes to training camp.”
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Browns Sign WR Miles Austin

Browns Sign WR Miles Austin

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — Receiver Miles Austin agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns, the team announced Thursday.
Austin provides the Browns with depth, which could be needed if star receiver Josh Gordon is suspended.
The 29-year-old Austin is a two-time Pro Bowler but is coming of an injury-filled season during which he caught 24 balls for 244 yards.
For his eight-year NFL career, Austin has 301 catches for 4,481 yards and 34 touchdowns.
The Browns agreed to terms with receiver Earl Bennett Thursday. He and Austin join Greg Little, Andrew Hawkins, Nate Burleson and Travis Benjamin as part of the Browns’ receiving corps.
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Joe Haden Is Happy to Stay with Browns

Joe Haden Is Happy to Stay with Browns

NFL via Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — Cornerback Joe Haden is happy to be playing in Cleveland for five more years.
The Browns and Haden agreed to a $68 million five-year extension, which includes $45 million in guaranteed money.
“This contract only makes me feel like now I have to play like the best corner in the league,” Haden said Wednesday.
“I love Cleveland, man. I really like it here. I enjoy it here. The fans are great. I never want to just bail out on anything. I started here. They drafted me,” Haden continued. “And the fan base is one big part. The way they feel about the team and the Browns, I feel like if we can really start winning, there is no other place I’d rather play.”
The Browns selected Haden with the seventh overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft out of the University of Florida.  In 57 career games, Haden has registered 13 interceptions, 68 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two sacks.
The extension will keep Haden in a Browns uniform through the 2019 season.
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Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam Says Johnny Manziel Is the Backup QB

Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam Says Johnny Manziel Is the Backup QB

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — While Cleveland Browns fans are greatly anticipating the start of the Johnny Manziel era, team owner Jimmy Haslam says the quarterback will not enter training camp as the team’s starter.
While addressing a luncheon in Canton, Ohio, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Haslam said Manziel needs to start acting “like a backup quarterback.”
While Haslam was quick to praise his prized rookie, he also made it known that Manziel will have to beat out Brian Hoyer for the starting quarterback job.
Hoyer had a nice run as the Browns’ starting quarterback this past season, but suffered a torn ACL and was forced to miss a majority of the season.
The Browns traded back into the first round to select Manziel in hopes that he will finally be the answer for the team at quarterback.
While at Texas A&M, Manziel threw for 7,820 yards and accounted for 93 total touchdowns during his two seasons at Texas A&M. He also became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy.
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Browns’ Gordon Could Be Suspended for Season

Browns’ Gordon Could Be Suspended for Season

Jason Miller/Getty Image(NEW YORK) — One day after fans were in jubilation over the drafting of quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Cleveland Browns may be down their top receiver this coming season. Sources tell ESPN that Josh Gordon is facing a season-l…

Manziel Drops to Browns at Pick 22

Manziel Drops to Browns at Pick 22

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Quarterback Johnny Manziel went in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, he just didn’t go as high as he expected.
Manziel was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd pick, a pick the Browns obtained in a trade wi…

2014 NFL Draft First Round Selections

2014 NFL Draft First Round Selections

Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL Draft Round 1:
1. Houston Texans – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
2. St. Louis Rams – Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
4. …

Browns Giving Vince Young a Tryout

Browns Giving Vince Young a Tryout

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — Vince Young will be in Browns camp on Tuesday for a tryout at minicamp this week.
Young has not played in the last two seasons, but general manager Ray Farmer wants to see what Young can do with the opportunity…

Browns Match Jaguars’ Offer to C Alex Mack

Browns Match Jaguars’ Offer to C Alex Mack

George Gojkovich/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  Center Alex Mack is officially staying in Cleveland.
The Browns have matched the five-year offer sheet that Mack signed earlier Friday with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Cleveland had five days to matc…

WR Burleson Joins Browns

WR Burleson Joins Browns

NFL via Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Ohio) — The Cleveland Browns agreed to a deal with free agent receiver Nate Burleson, Browns general manager Ray Farmer announced Sunday. According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, it’s a one-year deal. The 6-foot,…

ESPN: QB Jason Campbell Agrees to Join Bengals

ESPN: QB Jason Campbell Agrees to Join Bengals

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Quarterback Jason Campbell has agreed to one-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The 32-year-old Campbell was released March 12 by the Cleveland Browns. He now …

Browns Ink RB Ben Tate to Two-Year Deal

Browns Ink RB Ben Tate to Two-Year Deal

National Football League (NEW YORK) –  The Cleveland Browns have themselves a new starting running back.
Cleveland signed former Houston Texans running back Ben Tate to a two-year contract.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but sources …

Report: Browns Agree To Contracts With LB Dansby & S Whitner

Report: Browns Agree To Contracts With LB Dansby & S Whitner

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — The Cleveland Browns agreed to contracts with free agent linebacker Karlos Dansby and free agent safety Donte Whitner on Tuesday, according to ESPN.
Dansby received a four-year deal worth $24 million, which i…

Colts Sign LB D’Qwell Jackson

Colts Sign LB D’Qwell Jackson

Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indianapolis Colts signed linebacker D’Qwell Jackson on Thursday.ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports it’s a four-year, $22 million deal, with $11 million guaranteed. “We are pleased to anno…

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