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Rapper Stalley says Johnny Manziel, Kevin Sumlin partied with Rick Ross

Kevin SumlinMost people operate under the assumption that Johnny Manziel must have been a handful for Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin. Manziel was always making headlines for partying and having a good time, which is enough to spike any coach’s anxiety level. Unless, of course, the coach is partying with the player.

Rapper Stalley was a guest on “Highly Questionable” with Dan Le Batard and Bomani Jones on Wednesday. He shared an interesting story about a time Manziel and Sumlin showed up together at one of Rick Ross’s parties.

“When he was still at Texas A&M — I don’t know if I should say this — Ross had a party in Miami. Johnny Manziel and his coach came to the party, and they were just hanging out basically,” Stalley explained. “It was a good time. That’s all I can really say.”

While Stalley didn’t get into whether Manziel and Sumlin were drinking, he did reveal that Sumlin was “the life of the party.” Stalley, who is signed to Ross’s Maybach Music Group, made it sound like Sumlin fit right in.

“Kevin was like, ‘Yo, I’m a big fan of you guys, MMG. I’m a big fan of Ross,'” Stalley said. “He was having a good time. We were all having a good time. On a scale of 1-10, I would say it was a 15. (Sumlin) was pretty much the life of the party for me. He was the one that made me like, ‘OK, it’s time to turn up in here.'”

Talk about a phenomenal recruiting plug for Sumlin. We have to assume this was after Manziel’s last game with the Aggies. Johnny Football didn’t turn 21 until the very end of the 2013 season. There’s no way Sumlin would have been at a party — where there was probably alcohol and all that good stuff — with Manziel while Manziel was still underage, right?

No wonder Sumlin always defended Manziel when he did stuff like this. They were just a couple of bros winning games and partying it up together.

Johnny Manziel catch on trick play was illegal ‘hideout’ play (Video)

The Cleveland Browns had a great idea for a trick play on Sunday that might have actually worked, if not for the fact that their play was illegal.

The Browns were trailing the Ravens 10-7 and had the ball at their 39. Johnny Manziel ran a read option play on first down. On second down, Brian Hoyer was sent in, but Manziel acted like he didn’t want to come out. He went towards the sidelines and continued to pretend to complain, but that was part of the trick.

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As Manziel was facing the sidelines, he got a verbal cue from offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after the snap to run up field. Hoyer completed a pass to Manziel for a big gain, but the Browns were flagged for illegal shift.

Former NFL VP of Officiating Mike Pereira said that the play was illegal anyway because it was a “hideout” play.

According to Pereira, it is illegal to line up within five yards of the sidelines in front of your team’s bench area. The “bench area” is from the 32 to the 32. The referees missed this penalty.

If the Browns ever try to run this play again, Manziel will have to line up further away from the sidelines … and hope there is no illegal shift. Nice try, though.

Brian Hoyer admits he was ‘mad’ when told Johnny Manziel was going to play

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Brian Hoyer kept a tight grip on the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback job on Sunday when he led his team to an upset win over the New Orleans Saints. From the sound of it, Hoyer may have been even more motivated by Johnny Manziel seeing his first regular season action.

Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan decided earlier this week that he was going to use Manziel at some point on Sunday. When informed of that, Hoyer was not happy.

“As mad as I was when he told me, I think it mentally helped me prepare for it,” Hoyer said, per Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. As much as it might irk me to go off the field, if it’s going to help us win, then I’m all for it. I think as a competitor and as a quarterback, when there’s only one of you on the field, it’s hard for you to get taken off. But I think for me, I was mentally able to stay in it.

“I think a lot of guys might not be able to handle that, and I think because they were up front with me, Kyle was up front with me, and said, ‘Look, we may do it. We may not. If we need to use it, we might.’ I think that helped me.”

Manziel came on for three plays — two handoffs that netted zero yards and an incomplete pass. Hoyer, on the other hand, completed 24 of 40 passes for 204 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. He seemed even more motivated after Manziel’s second appearance, as he went on to complete 15 of 19 passes for 136 yards and orchestrate two scoring drives after that point.

Hoyer’s game-winning, 14-play drive was a thing of beauty. He took the Browns 85 yards and helped put them in position for a chip-shot field goal. Maybe Shanahan needs to make him angry more often.

Johnny Manziel dummy hung in effigy at Steelers tailgate

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The Cleveland Browns headed to Pittsburgh to get their 2014 season underway against the Steelers. For Johnny Manziel, it’s an introduction to the AFC North right off the bat.

The rivalry between the two franchises goes back to the 1950s and is among the more storied in the NFL. Combine that with a lightning rod of a figure in Johnny Manziel and you have the ingredients for, well, just about anything at a Steelers tailgate.

And that brings us to the above picture, taken by Instagram user Chase Stewart, who posted it with the caption “Welcome to Pittsburgh.”

Johnny Manziel’s NFL career is now officially underway.

Photo: Instagram/cstewy

Johnny Manziel files for ‘Johnny Cleveland’ trademark

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Johnny Manziel will need to play a lot better going forward than he did in the preseason if he wants to be known as “Johnny Cleveland,” but if that day ever comes the former Texas A&M star will be the one reaping the benefits. According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Manziel recently applied for a trademark to the phrase “Johnny Cleveland.”

This is nothing new for Manziel, who has now filed for 10 trademarks associated with his brand. It’s also nothing new for professional athletes who need to protect themselves from random people profiting off their name.

Two people already tried to trademark “Johnny Cleveland” but were denied, as the term is clearly associated with Manziel. Fans have also tried to trademark “Johnny Be Good,” “Johnny Browns,” and “Money Manziel” but been denied. Manziel is still waiting for his trademark of the famous “Johnny Football” nickname to be approved.

One of the more interesting trademarks Manziel has filed for is “The House That Johnny Built,” a reference to Texas A&M’s renovated stadium in College Station. Manziel’s once-close friend Nate Finch filed for the same trademark, but the USPTO ruled that Finch would need Manziel’s permission.

Again, this is all pretty standard stuff. But if Merril Hoge finds out about the “Johnny Cleveland” trademark, I’m sure he won’t hesitate to throw it in that “juvenile punk’s” face.

Merril Hoge: Johnny Manziel is a ‘juvenile punk,’ has no business in NFL

Johnny-ManzielWe already knew Merril Hoge was not a fan of Johnny Manziel. Prior to the draft, Hoge said Manziel has “bust written all over him” and that he has no pocket presence or awareness. Now that we have seen Manziel play in the NFL, Hoge is even more down on Johnny Football.

Hoge appeared on 102.5 WDVE with Randy Baumann and the DVE Morning Show on Wednesday and ripped Manziel to shreds. The ESPN analyst referred to Manziel as a “juvenile punk” and said he has no business playing in the NFL right now.

“There is nothing that he does that transitions to the NFL,” Hoge said. “There’s not one skillset he has that you say, ‘Gosh, he’s a first rounder…’ This guy has no business playing. If they put him in, quite honestly, it’s not helping their chances to win. It’s jeopardizing their chances to win.

“He has no business being on the field right now.”

Hoge repeatedly pointed out that the Browns have given Manziel an “elementary” playbook to work with and he still hasn’t been able to handle it. He also said that Manziel infuriated coaches around the league when word surfaced that he texted the Browns telling them to draft him so they can “wreck this league” together.

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Mike Pettine won’t rule out giving Johnny Manziel snaps against Steelers

Johnny-ManzielBrian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel both played in the Cleveland Browns’ final preseason tuneup against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, and nothing happened that would make head coach Mike Pettine regret naming Hoyer the team’s starting quarterback. Manziel was once again inaccurate on many of his throws, completing just 6-of-17 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. Hoyer was 6-of-8 for 68 yards in limited action.

Manziel did rush four times for 55 yards, which kept reporters wondering if he will play at all against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1. Pettine wouldn’t rule it out.

“It’s something we’ll discuss,” he said after the game, via Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. “I don’t know if that’s necessarily something just because of tonight. We’ll have discussions on how we want to game plan and how we want to use those guys. I think one of the reasons that Brian (Hoyer) and the first team did look better tonight is because we didn’t mix the reps and he got all the reps with the No. 1s. A big part of tonight was getting those guys playing together and getting that cohesion.”

Talk about sending mixed signals. If Pettine was so impressed with the way Hoyer gelled with the first-string offense, he should commit to one quarterback and not have Hoyer worrying about being able to establish a rhythm in the regular season opener. But Pettine couldn’t seem to close the door on Johnny Football, noting that he likes the contrast in styles between Hoyer and Manziel.

“I do because it’s worked in this system before where (offensive coordinator) Kyle (Shanahan) has had dropback passers and then a talent like (Robert Griffin III),” Pettine added. “I think it’s a very similar situation where he can bounce back and forth between the two styles and play to the strengths of the guy that he has in there.”

To his credit, Hoyer said he would be fine with Manziel getting some snaps against Pittsburgh if it helps the team win. In all likelihood, Pettine simply doesn’t want to tip his hand. He wants the Steelers to have to prepare for Hoyer and Manziel, though it’s not like they have to plan for Peyton Manning and Michael Vick.

Given how shaky Manziel has looked and the fact that the game is on the road, I’d be shocked if he played at all against the Steelers.

H/T Around the League