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Browns say Johnny Manizel will work with first team soon

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Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel said Thursday that he’s a better player in games than he is in practice because of an increased freedom to improvise, something that won’t help him all that much if he can’t get on the field.

It sounds like Manziel will have a chance to grab that playing time soon. Head coach Mike Pettine and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan both said, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, that they plan to give Manziel reps with the first team soon. They also said that it would be wrong to read too much into Brian Hoyer getting the first shot with the first team, because, per Pettine, Manziel is further along mentally than the team thought he’d be and because neither quarterback has done anything to speed up the decision-making process..

“I don’t think one is ahead of the other,” Shanahan said. “I hope one will make the decision easy on us.”

If Manziel doesn’t do that, Shanahan said that he’ll have a package of plays ready for the rookie quarterback to run in the opening week of the season in the event the team decides to use both quarterbacks in that week’s game plan. The chances of that happening will be higher if Manziel performs well once his chance with the starters does come.

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63 Responses to “Browns say Johnny Manizel will work with first team soon”
  1. cobrala says: Jul 31, 2014 2:20 PM

    There’s a bunch of steamers piling up in Cleveland.

  2. 4thquartermagic says: Jul 31, 2014 2:20 PM

    “I don’t think one is ahead of the other,” Shanahan said. “I hope one will make the decision easy on us.”

    One guy has his nose in the playbook.
    The other, has his nose in a rolled up 20.

    This tells you all you need to know about the Browns organization.

  3. dirtydrynn27 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:21 PM

    Is it just me???? Because I’m sick of Johnny Manizel stories!!!

  4. jnbnet says: Jul 31, 2014 2:21 PM

    So lame! Pick a starter. They have a tough start ahead of them and whoever is playing will have a hard time. Pick a QB and stand by him.

  5. drakescounsellor says: Jul 31, 2014 2:22 PM

    Yessss, where all the haters at, next he will win the job, you may hate Johnny but he’s gonna ball, he was doubted in high school, in the SEC and now the NFL he is going to ball out and make all the teams that passed on him regret it, y’all may haill Teddy now and make fun of Manziel, but when he tears up the league we dont want any bandwagoners, this boy is going to ball, just as he always has Lets GO JOHNNNNYYY!

  6. kehav1 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:23 PM

    after this offseason actions of johnny and him hanging out with mayweather and justice beaver…I am rooting for Hoyer…

  7. veence69 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:23 PM

    Just keep handing things to him. It’s not like the kid lacks any true character from a lifetime of getting whatever he wants or anything..

    I can’t believe the browns drafted this trainwreck.

  8. r8rsfan says: Jul 31, 2014 2:23 PM

    Stop beating around the bush and name Johnny Appleseed the starter. The more time he spends practicing with the starters the better prepared he will be once the season starts.

  9. faulkana says: Jul 31, 2014 2:24 PM

    Poor Browns.
    Josh, check your spelling on the headline.

  10. dmarado says: Jul 31, 2014 2:24 PM

    Must…say something…about…CHARACTER!!!!

  11. pittsburghdamned says: Jul 31, 2014 2:25 PM

    Hang in there Johnny. Just ride out this unfortunate situation and bolt for an NFL team as soon as you can.

  12. barsfordays says: Jul 31, 2014 2:25 PM

    Hoyer is a scrub compared to Manziel. No doubt Johnny Football’s team.

  13. rdirt says: Jul 31, 2014 2:26 PM

    He’ll be crawling in windows; stealing pain killers in no time.

  14. thailer35 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:28 PM

    @kehav1 “What’s a justice beaver?”

  15. weepingjebus says: Jul 31, 2014 2:31 PM

    Sometimes I think the Browns management should sit down and watch that Seinfeld episode where George changes his life by doing the exact opposite of whatever his instincts tell him to do.

  16. codythao35 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:32 PM

    Hopefully next year and maybe year after that when he’s out of the league lol. This guy doesn’t have what it takes to win in this league. Looking at his movement as a qb, drop back, and throwing motion he doesn’t look like a NFL qb. Back up qb would be the only best thing to describe this clown.

  17. lexd75 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:33 PM

    Does this mean the first team’s been demoted?

  18. drfeelyouup says: Jul 31, 2014 2:37 PM

    Dat boy is good!

  19. goldflash22 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:38 PM

    Hoyer is going to be the starter come week one, no doubt about it. Manziel will just start the week 2 preseason game which is on Monday night, vs RG3 and the Redskins. That game will probably set a ratings record for preseason NFL games.

  20. 23rdusernameused says: Jul 31, 2014 2:38 PM

    ….. to bring them gatorade, coach Petine conintued…

  21. youpeopleareallthesame says: Jul 31, 2014 2:39 PM

    I know that they spent a first rounder on Johnny, but it seems like Hoyer is almost universally preferred by the players, the fans, and (though they would never admit it because they spent that first round pick on him) the coaches.

    Every report that I have seen claims that Hoyer is winning. Why would they try and force Johnny in?

  22. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 31, 2014 2:41 PM

    Hoyer will start the season but Manziel will finish it.

  23. MinnesotaVikingsSuckDongJustLikeTheirFans says: Jul 31, 2014 2:41 PM

    That’s what happens when you have an owner who wants so badly for Manziel to be the starter since he was his pick.

    On the flip side….it’s not like drafting Teddy Bustwater would have made a difference either.

  24. pfu2 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:42 PM

    He will be rookie of the year!

  25. usedjock says: Jul 31, 2014 2:43 PM

    Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel said Thursday that he’s a better player in games than he is in practice because of an increased freedom to improvise, something that won’t help him all that much if he can’t get on the field.

    Johnny Fratboy will learn VERY quickly that what he got away with in college the majority of the time will not work in the NFL. Sometimes that may work but there is no way he is going to be able to pull off what he did in college with the big boys.

  26. pats777 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:53 PM

    Can’t wait to see him improvise a missed handoff – Butt Fumble 2.0

  27. slugbaitspace says: Jul 31, 2014 2:53 PM

    So, by opening weekend they may opt for the “Quarterback By Committee” approach.

    Foot, meet bullet.

  28. reesesteel23 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:54 PM

    Nobody is hating on Johnny. Everyone just knows a Ryan Leaf type player when they see one. Its called “not getting overly excited because this kid has issues” not “hate”.

  29. 2difshoe says: Jul 31, 2014 2:55 PM

    2 Qb’s fighting for 1 positions tell you the Browns do not have a QB.
    This organization has a long way to go.

    Can you imagine you’re counting on your starting QB pictured with a rolled up $ bill in a restroom…that would have my confidence soaring.

    Manning, Brady , Rodgers would be foaming at the mouth to play an opponent with that character.

  30. qdog112 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:55 PM

    Wow, he’s done nothing to earn a chance to play with the 1s. By that measurement, every guy not on the first team can argue, it’s the other scrubs holding them back.

    This guy has been a pick machine at practice, throwing jump balls. This is a sign of Halslam throwing his weight around.

  31. ecupatsfan12 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:55 PM

    My father is a lifelong Browns fan-ironically I am a pats fan-two extremes there! I keep up with the Browns and have been really high on Hoyer since we had him(wish we had him instead of Mallett)

    Hoyer has done nothing but been a professional and come into the office to work-I haven’t heard a peep out of him unless MKC is grilling him. JFF is the epitome of a spoiled brat-last year at A and M he went to 4 out of 32 off season workouts, only watched film against Alabama and was said to know 60 percent of the offense. I have no doubt that he is a smart dude when he tries. I felt sorry for him last year bc that is a lot on a 20 year olds plate but he hasn’t discovered the learning curve on keeping himself out of dumb decisions and doing his work-in HS, college he could skate on talent alone and do coke and hangout with JB and Floyd. Why is it shocking the Browns that he hasn’t changed when he never has been told no in his life.

    IMO the Browns are trying way too hard to cement the position that JFF was worth drafting-based off that homeless man’s prediction and will him into not busting out. If Pettine(who is a darn good coach) cares about JFF and his team’s well being he should sit for this year. Every rookie-even Luck had some growing pains his first year- you know ESPNZ will be salivating the first time he gets picked 4 times and has a meltdown. The best thing to do would be to sit him- not play-have him earn his PT- and let this hoopla on him die down. He loves attention- the only way to fix him is to give him none.

  32. ajd4 says: Jul 31, 2014 2:56 PM

    I don’t condone or applaud his off-field actions but it doesn’t really bother me, his life to lose. I don’t know if he will be good in the NFL but I completely believe he is better in games than practice.

  33. officialgame says: Jul 31, 2014 3:07 PM

    Manziel is so not ready for prime time it isn’t even funny. If he starts I would place even money he is carted off the field by week 3.

  34. thefiesty1 says: Jul 31, 2014 3:12 PM

    With the lack of “players” on the Browns how can they tell if their on the first team or last team?

  35. shatho1 says: Jul 31, 2014 3:25 PM

    he may start week 1 but by week 3 he’ll be sitting on the sidelines with a season ending injury because the browns offensive line sucks and Hoyer will finish it out

  36. drsummeroff says: Jul 31, 2014 3:27 PM

    Enough of this Dog and Pony show. Everyone knows Manziel is going to be the starter. Just make the call already Cleveland and get on with your 4-12 season already.

  37. aa1829 says: Jul 31, 2014 3:37 PM

    This Alfred E. Newman look-alike is going to get nailed big time by some defensive beast. He won’t be able to run in circles in the pros, and his body is not the type to take the beating that he is going to get by guys who feel they deserve the lime light more than Alfred. A beat down is coming.

  38. bluenose1965 says: Jul 31, 2014 3:45 PM

    dirtydrynn27 says:
    Jul 31, 2014 2:21 PM
    Is it just me???? Because I’m sick of Johnny Manizel stories!!!

    __________________________________

    Then this isn’t the site for you.

  39. 34defense2014 says: Jul 31, 2014 3:51 PM

    The Browns are not the team I root for. But I always want them to do well! Especially after what Art did to Cleveland!! I’ve always been a fan of there’s! I’m confused though? Didn’t Farmer recently say Hoyer was light years a hard of Manziel? Why would they let him even practice with the ones? He’s clearly not ready! And that’s fine!! It’s going to take him at least a year if not more to learn how to go through his progressions and pass from the pocket! In not saying he can’t be a NFL QB! Just not right now! People forget, Rogers didn’t play his first year! Eli didn’t start in his first season and prob wouldn’t have started if Warner was playing well!! He can be a really good QB in this league if he sirs for a couple of years!! There’s nothing wrong with that! That used to be the norm back in the day! First round pick or not?! They never started there first year in the league! Unless you were a rare talent!

  40. pfu2 says: Jul 31, 2014 3:53 PM

    He will clearly be the best rookie QB by the end of the year!

  41. jimmyhaffa says: Jul 31, 2014 3:54 PM

    It’s like Tebow all over again. But with drugs and strippers….so I guess it’s better than Tebow in a way.

  42. tralfaz1127 says: Jul 31, 2014 4:04 PM

    I hate the stillers, but I hope the clowns are stupid enough to start J Foosball in game 1. When he finally tastes complete failure, his well deserved melt down will be epic.
    And clown jock sniffers it’s not hatin, name the respected NFL “expert” (other than Jon Gruden who loves every QB), who thinks his game, and lifestyle translate into being an elite NFL QB.

  43. randomcommenter says: Jul 31, 2014 4:08 PM

    If Gordon isn’t there, how can you tell the difference between the Browns first string and second string?

  44. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jul 31, 2014 4:14 PM

    This makes the Browns the most entertaining team to watch in preseason football, if they don’t eff it all up. Which they will probably do.

  45. brownoholic says: Jul 31, 2014 4:47 PM

    Hoyer! Hoyer! Hoyer!

  46. brownoholic says: Jul 31, 2014 4:49 PM

    drsummeroff says:
    Jul 31, 2014 3:27 PM

    Enough of this Dog and Pony show. Everyone knows Manziel is going to be the starter. Just make the call already Cleveland and get on with your 4-12 season already.

    ________________________________________________

    Looks like somebody isn’t reading camp reports.

  47. johnqlunchbox says: Jul 31, 2014 5:11 PM

    As a Browns fan, I hope we start Manziel. That way, after the Steelers, Saints, and Ravens get done putting him on the ground over the first three weeks of the season, we can put Manziel on injured reserve and let Hoyer come in and win some games for us over the rest of the season.

  48. mogogo1 says: Jul 31, 2014 5:14 PM

    I hope this “Manizel” guy is better than Johnny Manziel.

    Proofreading is your friend.

  49. bucsorbust says: Jul 31, 2014 5:39 PM

    Sounds to me like the decision to start Johnny Manziel is already made, and Shanahan and Pettine are trying to minimize the damage until Johnny gets his teaching moments about Game 3. He’ll either be on IR by then or the press will report he’s a bust.

  50. reeggss says: Jul 31, 2014 5:54 PM

    Thank god I’m not a browns fan

  51. filthymcnastyi says: Jul 31, 2014 6:08 PM

    Teddy B. That is all!

  52. peytonwantsaflag says: Jul 31, 2014 7:14 PM

    Yeah I remember that one qb awhile back that everyone said was a better gamer than practicer, what was his name again? Started with a T.

  53. mikeschmitt1217 says: Jul 31, 2014 7:47 PM

    I’m no fan of my franchise QB doin some lines in the club bathroom, but at the same time this is not the first of the last time an NFL player is going to use that drug. Hell, LT might have actually been high DURING the games. Everyone needs to take a step back and just take the situation for what it is rather than turn him into the anti-tebow. The kid has legit talent and is probably going to start this season. He obviously has been reading the playbook if he’s getting first team reps. Give em’ a break.

  54. greymares says: Jul 31, 2014 7:53 PM

    Listen to the fans, you will soon be sitting with the fans.

  55. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 31, 2014 7:58 PM

    This is why the Browns have zero incentive to improve because of myopians like most of you on here. Just like the Cubs in baseball.

  56. pfu2 says: Jul 31, 2014 9:57 PM

    If Josh Gordon is set free, Manizel will flourish!

  57. mrfrostyj says: Jul 31, 2014 10:16 PM

    I guess no one paid attention to when the Browns staff said months ago training camp would include both having time with the #1’s. The job is still Hoyers to loose and according to camp reports he probably isn’t going to. As for the person who wrote this….

    2difshoe says: Jul 31, 2014 2:55 PM

    “Can you imagine you’re counting on your starting QB pictured with a rolled up $ bill in a restroom…that would have my confidence soaring.

    Manning, Brady , Rodgers would be foaming at the mouth to play an opponent with that character.”

    I get it. Manziel’s “party boy” lifestyle gets on the nerves of some of the more conservative folks out there but acting like that is going to effect his playing ability is just silly. If he’s good, it’s because he’s good, if he’s bad it’s because he’s bad. What he does off the field does not effect that. If that was the case Tim Tebow would still be in the league and Ray Rice would be the worst running back in the NFL.

    As for Manning, Brady and Rodgers. Funny you used the example of one guy who was so terrible his rookie year that the meltdown his coach had after a 4 interception game (during a 3-13 season BTW) created the greatest beer commercial ever (Manning) and two guys who spent their rookies years riding the bench and weren’t even considered even competition for starter. As a matter of fact Hoyer was higher on the Pats depth chart his rookie year (2nd string) than Brady was his rookie year (4th string). In the words of Herman Edwards “Its why you play the game”.

  58. 34defense2014 says: Jul 31, 2014 11:04 PM

    Also it’s very unfair to Hoyer! Unreal

  59. realmenwearstripes says: Aug 1, 2014 12:16 AM

    Hey PFT, can we go a day without having more than 5 Manziel articles? Nobody outside of Cleveland cares.
    I can’t wait until he goes to Cincinnati and gets put on the Atkins diet.

  60. realmenwearstripes says: Aug 1, 2014 12:24 AM

    Wait….when did the Browns get a “first team?”

  61. wtfru2 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:31 AM

    As I said in the last article, Number 2 is the right number for him—–he’s a turd!

  62. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 1, 2014 2:26 AM

    Johnny Menziel wont last long in the NFL unless he plays Punt Returner or just look pretty to sell tickets to the pathetic Clowns fans and just carry a clip board on the sidelines. Yeah he isnt a franchise QB at all

  63. couchbasher says: Aug 1, 2014 3:05 AM

    Hoyer is better. Manziel will get killed.

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