Manziel Excited To Get Training Camp Going With Browns

2014 Cleveland Browns OTA Practice

 

Opening statement:

“I’m very excited to be back in Cleveland, be back with the teammates, the coaches and just being in the environment. I think everybody’s ready to get back to football and get back to what we all love doing.

 

“Second, to just save you guys a lot of time, (Head) Coach (Mike) Pettine and (GM) Ray Farmer and I have really talked about a lot of things that have transpired over the course of the offseason. For me, my main thing is the people in this building – my teammates, the coaching staff and the higher-ups in this organization – we’ve all been on the same page. We’ve all been good and are very eager to be moving forward. At the end of the day, I made some rookie mistakes – there are some things I wish I could have gone back and done a little differently – but I’m continuing to move forward and try and represent this organization and this team in a positive manner, in a positive light.

 

“I’m just very excited to be back in camp, and it’s football 24/7. That’s what I love doing. It’s what I live for, and it’s what my job is. For me, I’m very excited to get back and can’t wait to get this thing underway.”

 

On specific situations that transpired this offseason:

“I think I just spoke on that a little bit. I’ve talked about that with Coach Pettine; I’ve talked about it with Ray Farmer and the people that I need to talk about that with. Moving forward, they’re good with everything and I’ve told them everything I need to. Everything’s been good.”

 

On going out at night and being caught on camera:

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with me going out and having a nightlife and having a social life. I am 21 years old, and I do like going out. It was the offseason. It’s free time for us, and if I want to go out and hang out with my friends or go to nightclubs or do things like that, then I think that’s within my rights to be doing that. I think there are other guys throughout the league that are doing that. I’m not trying to compare myself to anybody else, but I think that’s within my rights to be doing that.”

 

On having enough time at camp to win the starting QB job:

“I think Coach Pettine and the staff here have called this an open competition, and I believe that it is. I’m just trying to get in here every day and try to be better as a player, as a teammate, really hone in on my craft and try and make this football team as good as I can. Whatever my role is on this team, I think that will be decided with play within these next few weeks. At the end of the day, what I want is what’s best for this team, what’s best for this organization because this is about the Cleveland Browns. This isn’t about me. This isn’t about (QB) Brian (Hoyer). This isn’t about just the quarterback position. It takes 22 positions on the team to make this whole thing work and come together so it’s not just about us.”

Hearing For Josh Gordon Expected in Next Two Weeks

Josh Gordon

The Browns may know Josh Gordon’s status for the 2014 season within a week or two of the opening of training camp on July 26, Pat McManamon of ESPN.com reports.

“I know the hearing [into Gordon's possible suspension] has been scheduled,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said Monday. “I don’t have the exact date.”

A source close to the situation said the hearing would be within the next two weeks. If a decision on Gordon’s status for failing a drug test in the offseason comes out of the hearing, that means the Browns could know soon after. However, the timetable remains in the hands of the league.

“Until it all comes down, we’re really in the same situation of waiting,” Pettine said.

Pettine admitted that Gordon’s arrest for suspicion of DWI in Raleigh, North Carolina, was troubling, but he did not want to comment specifically on the matter.

The team has been told, sources said, that because Gordon’s blood-alcohol count was tested at .09, just over the legal limit of .08, it’s possible he could have the charges reduced.

Pettine was not dismissing the seriousness of the situation.

“It is concerning and you want to address it, but until we know where he stands with the league we don’t know really where he stands with us,” Pettine said. “I’ve stated before that we’ve had the meetings, we’ve discussed all the options, from the best case to the worst case. And we’re still in that mode of waiting.”

Hoyer Says He’s Healthy, Not Focused On Manziel

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Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer says his surgically repaired knee won’t hold him back when the Browns begin training camp, Daryl Ruiter of CBS Cleveland reports.

“Yeah, no doubt. No doubt. I’m ready to go so can’t wait for day 1,” Hoyer said.

“Yes. I’m actually anxious to get back. I got a few guys in town. I’m throwing with [Andrew] Hawkins, throwing with Charles Johnson and some of the other guys are coming back so slowly but surely we’re getting ready to go and I’m just excited. You know I put in a lot of hard work in and now I’m just ready to play.”

Hoyer was asked if he was paying attention to the media circus surrounding Johnny Manziel.

“Not really. I’m not really focused on my teammates, what they do in their off life so that’s none of my business,” Hoyer said. “They can make those decisions on their own. All that matters is that we come back ready to go for the season.”

Could The Browns Have Interest In Texans WR Andre Johnson?

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With the Browns likely to play the season without leading WR Josh Gordon, is there a chance the team could acquire Texans leading wide out Andre Johnson?

Before OTAs and minicamp, Johnson told the Texans he had heard enough from the new staff and coach Bill O’Brien to make him want to show up and join the team, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

He told them of his plans to be there for offseason workouts, despite missing the early portion of it. The question revolved around his $1 million bonus for attending workouts.

Though Johnson had missed some of the sessions, he wanted to earn his money back by working out extra, allowing him to receive the money.

The Texans told him no, per two sources informed of the situation.

That furthered the divide between Johnson and the Texans, driving a wedge between the parties. That caused Johnson to tell them he wanted to play for another team. He is now working out, “not thinking about the Texans,” a source said.

The Texans have not yet been willing to trade him, and it’s possible that the Browns could swoop in and grab him for the right price – depending on what that price is.

The Browns have done a good job at stockpiling picks, and while they might be willing to part with some, they should be careful on going after Johnson and giving up too much.

What would you do? Leave your Comment on the matter HERE over at Gridiron Chatter! Should the Browns make a move for Johnson?!

Report: Browns Players Want Nothing To Do With Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is facing a sure suspension and the team is preparing for life without him.

While many of his teammates know Brown is sick and want him to get better, some now want nothing to do with him according to Mike Freeman of Bleacher report.

About mid season last year, Gordon spoke to a small group of his teammates in the team’s locker room about his future. One player, who asked not to be identified, recalled his words.

“I want to promise you guys that I won’t be in trouble again,” Gordon told them.

Freeman says the sense he gets from those in that locker room is that players sympathize with Gordon—but feel he can no longer be on the team, because they don’t believe he will change his life. They hope Gordon does. They just aren’t sure he can.

They hope Gordon does. They just aren’t sure he can. Overall, there is a great feeling of betrayal.

Manziel Hanging With a Playboy Hottie In Vegas July 4th Weekend

Dallas Parks

Johnny Manziel is not letting any of the haters drag him down. Following another week of criticism and talk about Manziel partying too much, he decided to unwind by spending his 4th of July weekend in Las Vegas. What better way to do that than with a Playboy model?

Meet Dallas Parks, a Playboy Miss Social contestant who set the Internet on fire when she posted pictures of her and Manziel on her Instagram account.

Click HERE to see those pics and many more of Parks!!!

Cris Carter: Browns Should Dump WR Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon

ESPN analyst Cris Carter, who overcame drug addiction during his Hall of Fame career, suggested the Browns should release WR Josh Gordon to give him the shock he needs to turn his behavior around, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports.

“We’re dealing with addiction,” Carter said on ESPN’s ‘Mike & Mike in the Morning’ . “If Josh had cancer, we’d put him in a treatment center, and right now that’s what we need to do for him.

“But nobody wants to do the hard thing. Everyone wants to keep coddling him the same way they did in high school, the same way they did in Baylor, where he had problems. And eventually it’s going to blow up, and now it’s been blown up in front of the National Football League and his career is in jeopardy.”

Carter speaks from experience. He was released by the Philadelphia Eagles which finally made him realize he needed to get clean.

Johnny Manziel Pictured Partying With Bieber And Mayweather

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A report that the Browns asked new QB Johnny Manziel to recently ‘tone it done’ seems to have gone unnoticed, as the rookie QB was pictured last night in Beverly Hills at a party with Justin Bieber, Floyd Mayweather, and Tyrese.

TMZ reports that the cops were twice called to Bieber’s house during the evening, once because the music was too loud, and once because the crew was outside screaming.

Maybe the Browns will have to have another meeting with their QB.