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08/22/14 - QB Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 for making an obscene gesture in Monday night's game against the Redskins.
League sources told ESPN the fine is $975 more than the minimum based on the NFL's fine schedule.
Manziel can appeal to have the fine reduced because it is more than 25 percent of his weekly salary of $24,075.
08/21/14 - QB Johnny Manziel was disappointed he did not win the Cleveland Browns starting job, but he said the competition was fair.
"I feel like if I would have come out and played better, it would have been a different outcome," Manziel said. "I don't think I played terrible, but I didn't do anything to jump off the page. I made strides and got better throughout training camp, and that's what I wanted to do.
"Obviously, it's disappointing, but at the same time I want what's best for this team moving forward, and I'm going to continue to come out here every day and give it my all and continue to get better as a quarterback. That's all I can do."
Pettine added about Manziel, "He wants to be out there, but he knows there are some things he needs to work on, and it's his job to press on and prepare every week as if he's the starter. I think that's on anybody that's not in the starting position. They have to take that approach.
"I don't care whether it's a quarterback, a corner, a defensive lineman. They have to put themselves in that position to take those reps as the starter whether it's mentally or physically. Physically, there will be fewer reps. I think he really has to dial in on the mental part, but he knows the task that's ahead of him."
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