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Should Cleveland Browns Quarterback Johnny Manziel ‘Tone It Down’?

June 28th, 2014 at 9:21 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Johnny Manziel was told by Cleveland Browns to 'tone down' his off-the-field antics, according to ESPN via The Plain Dealer.

However, in the same PD article, Manziel denied that his bosses told him to keep his partying under control.

"I'm not doing anything that's putting myself in a harmful situation," he said.

Do you think Manziel should keep a lower public profile, or is his outgoing personality a part of his success? 

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Cleveland Browns’ Mike Pettine, Johnny Manziel Drawing Criticism from Peers

June 20th, 2014 at 8:26 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine and rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel haven't made friends around the NFL with their recent comments, the Beacon Journal reported.

Rex Ryan and Bill Belichick, the respective head coaches of the New York Jets and New England Patriots, didn't like Pettine saying that Ryan gave away copies of his playbook "like candy" and that "in places like New England, it's only a matter of time that they somehow mysteriously end up with our playbook."

Ryan said Pettine's comments were "disrespectful" to the Patriots, and Belichick told reporters to "Go talk to Mike Pettine" about the comments.

Manziel drew the ire of former Browns quarterback Brady Quinn, who criticized Manziel's video of him talking into a stack of money as if it were a phone.

"There's a little kid watching that, and now he's looking up to him as a role model," Quinn said. "And for me, personally, I have a little bit of an issue with it." 

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Cleveland Browns Starting Rivalries Heating up Already

June 13th, 2014 at 8:37 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Browns just finished mandatory minicamp and will be off until training camp starts in late July. However, the battles for starting jobs have already begun.

Most Browns fans are paying attention to the quarterback battle between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziell. While Johnny Football Fever has gripped the city, it would be best for the entire team if Hoyer can just stay healthy enough to be available to start.

Head coach Mike Pettine said Hoyer is the starter, but Manziell will get a chance to play with the starters in the preseason.

"If a guy has a chance to be a starter, I would think that you would want to expose him to a starting defense if he was going to be the guy on opening day," he told the Beacon Journal.

Meanwhile, Ben Tate has staked his claim on the running back by stating that "there's nobody in that (running back) room that scares me," the Plain Dealer reported.

Third-round draft pick Terrance West, a running back from Towson University, responded, "I want to play. I want to be the starter, and I'm going to practice like a starter."

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Canton Trying to Host 2015 NFL Draft

June 6th, 2014 at 8:27 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Canton is the cradle of pro football, and it is one of 12 cities in the running to host next year's NFL Draft.

However, the Plain Dealer reports that Canton is a longshot, as the league has asked New York, Chicago and Los Angeles for more detailed plans.

The draft would bring the NFL's biggest offseason event to the town that hosts the second-biggest event, the Hall of Fame induction.

However, since the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductions take place in New York instead of Cleveland, don't be surprised if Canton gets snubbed in favor of a larger city.

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Cleveland Browns Cornerback Justin Gilbert Says His Knee Injury is not Serious

May 30th, 2014 at 7:56 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Browns' top draft pick, cornerback Justin Gilbert, left practice on Wednesday, but he "WILL be back in action" today, he tweeted.

Head coach Mike Pettine also downplayed Gilbert's injury.

"That was just a bag of ice," he said.

Despite all the hype over the Browns' other first-round pick, quarterback Johnny Manziell, Gilbert may be more important to the Browns' fortunes this year. If he can play at a high level, then cornerback could be a position of strength with Gilbert and Pro Bowler Joe Haden.

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