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05/12/14 - A supposed Patriots scouting report for former Heisman Trophy winner and now Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel popped online after the first night of NFL Draft action. The report created some buzz surrounding the star passer. It was actually pretty complimentary of Manziel's physical skills but was quite critical of his intangible makeup, attitude and family life. Belichick was asked about the online scouting report and did not deny its authenticity. "With all due respect, I hate to admit this but I don't think I've been online in a couple days or weeks or whatever, so that's not really an important thing to me," Belichick said. "I don't even know what's online and what isn't online. But I would say we probably have, I can't even imagine, 10,000 pages of information. It's a lot of information. There's no way I can sit up here and tell you that I've read it all. I've read a fraction of it. But we have a ton of information on all the players that are in the draft. What's online, you should go talk to the geniuses that are online. I don't know. MyFace, YourFace, InstantFace. Go talk to whoever you want that does that stuff. I don't know." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Farmer has bold first draft as Browns GM...Farmer said he texted incumbent starter Brian Hoyer and Hoyer responded by texting: "Bring him on." Before the draft, coach Mike Pettine said he prefers a rookie quarterback sit and learn. He is sticking with that philosophy, even with Manziel. That is fine with Manziel. "Brian obviously is a very good player who I really do respect and he's a teammate of mine, now," Manziel said. "I'm going in to try and show these guys that I'm obviously here to compete and see what I bring to the table."
Ironically, seven years ago the Browns made a trade for the 22nd pick in the first round and took quarterback Brady Quinn. As with Quinn, Manziel expected to go higher. The cameras focused on him every time another player was chosen. The Browns had the 26th pick and moved up four spots for Manziel in a trade with the Eagles. They gave the Eagles a third-round pick (83rd) in this draft. "I knew the TV part of it was going to come," Manziel said. "For me it was a little nerve-wracking, but at the same time I went in there telling myself everything happens for a reason and that I would land wherever I did for a purpose. Whether I saw or knew the situation, I thought it would all work out for me and I truly believe the situation did work out for me. I feel very blessed." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Farmer has bold first draft as Browns GM...In one night in his first draft as general manager, Ray Farmer changed the face of the Cleveland Browns for years to come. Farmer entered the draft with the fourth pick and the 26th pick in the first round, made three trades, and netted cornerback Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State with the eighth pick and electrifying Johnny Manziel with the 22nd pick. Farmer also acquired the Bills' first-round pick and fourth-round pick in 2015. Manziel said he will play with a chip on his shoulder because 20 teams passed on him in the first round. As he walked onto the stage to be hugged by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Manziel rubbed the thumb and index finger of each hand together, his money player signature.
"Obviously the team really wants to win and they want to win now," Manziel said. "I've been a winner everywhere I've been whatever the situation. I'm going to work extremely hard to put myself in the best position to continue that trend of being a winner." The Browns could have had Manziel with the fourth pick or with the eighth, but Farmer gambled Manziel would be available later in the draft and won. Manziel played two seasons at Texas A&M. He ran the ball 345 times. He won't be able to run as often in the NFL, but Farmer doesn't want to keep him on a short leash. "We definitely like his ability to perform and make plays," Farmer said. "He's all things we talk about playing like a Brown; he's passionate, relentless, He plays fearless. He's competitive. We added a guy to our roster we thought could help us win." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel rushed for 2,160 yards on 345 carries (6.26 average) in two years at Texas A&M. The 2,160 yards rushing would rank second among all Browns since 1999. Jamal Lewis rushed for 2,806 yards in three seasons. William Green (2002-05) is second among Browns with 2,109 yards rushing. The Browns have drafted four quarterbacks in the first round since 1999. Three of them were picked 22nd. Tim Couch was picked first overall in 1999. Brady Quinn was chosen 22nd in 2007, Brandon Weeden 22nd in 2012 and Johnny Manziel 22nd this year. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Browns picks: Round 1/22 - Johnny Manziel, QB, 5-11 3/4, 207, Texas A&M ... The Browns traded the 26th pick and a third-round choice to the Eagles so they could draft Manziel. He says he has to work on playing in the pocket more. Head coach Mike Pettine said offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan can create a scheme to favor Manziel, as Shanahan did for RG3 in Washington after coaching Matt Schaub in Houston. Manziel ran the ball 345 times in two seasons at Texas A&M. - The Sports Xchange