Stephen Jones supposedly had to physically restrain Jerry Jones from turning in draft card for Johnny Manziel

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We already knew that Jerry Jones was extremely close to drafting Johnny Manziel No. 16 overall in the NFL draft before deciding on Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin, but a new story says Jones’ desire to select the former Heisman Trophy winner was on a whole other level.

Jim Dent wrote a new book called “Manziel Mania” in which he says Jerry had to be restrained by son Stephen Jones from turning in the draft card for Manziel.

Here’s what Dent writes:

“I could just see Jones grabbing Manziel with the 16th choice of the first round. I wrote a book about Jerry Jones in 1995 titled ‘King of the Cowboys.’ I know the Boss Hog. I knew that Jones’ hands were shaking when the Cowboys went on the clock with Manziel still on the board. I could envision Jones scribbling the name of Johnny Manziel on the draft card. Indeed, all of these things happened.

“As it turned out, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones had snatched the Manziel card straight out of his dad’s hand. Otherwise, Jerry would have drafted him and JFF would have sat for at least three years behind Tony Romo.”

This should not come as a surprise to anyone. Last month, Jerruh said in an interview with NFL Network that he was extremely close to picking Manziel.

“I want you to know almost as I was handing in the card it was that close to putting the Manziel card in,” Jones told Rich Eisen and Michael Irvin.

Despite Jones’ admission he almost drafted Manziel and this story, the Dallas Morning News says it’s inaccurate to say Stephen had to “snatch” the draft card out of Jerry’s hand.

This whole thing is so silly now. Jerry has admitted to the world a few times now that he really wanted Manziel and thinks JFF will be a star. Now I’m thinking that Jerry wanted to draft Manziel so they could party together.

Jim Brown on Johnny Manziel: ‘I’m an ex-player, we used to party’

Jim-Brown-does-not-like-Trent-RichardsonCleveland Browns legend Jim Brown is a fan of Johnny Manziel. On Friday, Brown spoke about his appreciation for Manziel’s winning ways. The 78-year-old also admitted that he can relate to the whole partying thing.

“I like Johnny, you know, I like his type,” Brown said during an interview with ESPN Cleveland’s The Really Big Show on Friday. “Johnny is a champion, Johnny won games in college. He won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman, didn’t he? … That’s pretty bold. Not bad. You got to have something going on to do that.

“You’ve got to remember, I’m an ex-player. We used to party. Let’s get real, man, we chase girls.”

Brown noted that he does not condone drug and alcohol abuse, but it was clear that he can relate to Manziel on some level. I doubt Brown would have been caught rolling up a $20 bill in front of a sink even if there were camera phones in his day, but we get the point.

A lot of people feel the same way Brown does about Manziel’s party boy antics. The ironic thing is that Brown hinted last summer that he thought some of the Browns players were partying too much, which was leading to a lack of commitment on the field. Plus, Manziel and some other rookies were fined for being late to a team meeting earlier this week.

For the most part, I agree with Brown. Kids in their 20s party and there’s no need to overreact. On the other hand, there have been situations where Manziel hasn’t used his best judgment. He’s constantly under a microscope. Learning to adjust to that wouldn’t hurt.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Johnny Manziel reportedly was late to team meeting, fined

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Johnny Manziel and a few other rookies got in a little trouble earlier this week when they were late to a meeting, according to a report.

Chris Mortensen said on ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” Thursday that Manziel was late to a meeting Monday morning. Mort believed Manziel and the other rookies misread the schedule. He also says Manziel was fined.

Even though Manziel was reportedly late to a meeting, the team overall supposedly has been happy with the rookie quarterback’s work ethic thus far. The issue also supposedly had no bearing on head coach Mike Pettine’s decision to start Brian Hoyer in the team’s second preseason game.

Manziel reportedly has closed the gap with Hoyer in the starting quarterback race. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says Hoyer will get the nod as the team’s starter if the two end up in a tie. They have a few more preseason games left to sort out matters.

H/T Rotoworld

Are Johnny Manziel and girlfriend Colleen Crowley official?


Is Johnny Manziel a one-woman man? Judging by some of the stuff we have seen on social media lately, it is starting to look that way.

As LB pointed out a little while back, Manziel has been spending a lot of time with a young lady named Colleen Crowley. Some of you may be familiar with Colleen’s sister Robyn, who dates NBA star Chandler Parsons. Colleen, Robyn and a couple of other very attractive young ladies attended a Boston Red Sox game with Manziel about a month ago.

On Sunday, Crowley posted the above photo on Instagram of her making a kissy face at a projection screen where one of Manziel’s interviews was being shown. Manziel responded by sharing the same photo and captioning it “Mine.”

There was also this classic couples picture that Crowley posted last week for “Man Crush Monday.”

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Mike Pettine denies that Johnny Manziel has moved past Brian Hoyer

Johnny Manziel OVO DrakeThe Cleveland Browns have played just one preseason game, and already there is speculation that Johnny Manziel could be the favorite to land the starting quarterback job come Week 1. Manziel has been closing the gap in the QB race with Brian Hoyer during training camp. However, head coach Mike Pettine insists the job is still up for grabs.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Pettine said in a conference call Sunday that there is no “clearcut favorite” for the starting job and that a report from ESPN’s Bob Holtzman about Manziel moving ahead of Hoyer on the depth chart is “untrue.”

While Pettine said Manziel has shown great improvement, he claims Hoyer has done nothing to lose the starting job to this point. He also said he would like to name a starting quarterback by the Browns’ third preseason game but there is no guarantee it will happen.

A lot of people feel that Manziel should spend some time holding a clipboard before he starts, but it seems like Hoyer is a lame duck. Even if Hoyer does start in Week 1, you know he will be on an incredibly short leash. Fans already want to see Manziel, which is going to put a ton of pressure on Hoyer. It’s only a matter of time before Johnny Football gets his shot.

Johnny Manziel could be Browns’ starter Week 1

Johnny Manziel OVO DrakeEverything sounded like Brian Hoyer would be the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns to begin the season, but that might not be a guarantee.

Johnny Manziel played well enough in the team’s scrimmage Saturday to get first-team reps on Monday. That development was not much of a surprise given the reports that said Manziel had closed the gap in the starting QB race with Hoyer. Part of that is due to Manziel making some dynamic plays and part is due to Hoyer being unspectacular.

But does that mean Hoyer needs to watch out for his starting job?

ESPN reporter Pat McManamon even says Manziel could be considered for the season opener against the Steelers. A lot of that depends on how each QB performs during the preseason games. If Manziel completely outplays Hoyer, then there is a real possibility he could end up as the Week 1 starter.

Johnny Manziel may be closing the gap with Brian Hoyer

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Johnny Manziel’s biggest obstacle to taking over the starting quarterback job of the Cleveland Browns may not be Brian Hoyer, but his ability to learn the playbook.

During the week, Manziel said learning the playbook has been his struggle because there are so many nuances to it. Hoyer has been the team’s starter during training camp, and offensive line anchor Joe Thomas compared him to Tom Brady. Despite all the praise, Manziel has more natural ability than Hoyer, and that was on display during a Saturday scrimmage.

The Akron Beacon Journal’s Nate Ulrich reports that Manziel appeared “to have narrowed the gap between himself and Hoyer with his performance in the scrimmage.”

Head coach Mike Pettine and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will talk about giving Manziel more reps with the first-team offense since he’s been working with the second-string mostly. It sounds like he will probably get that chance.

During the scrimmage, Hoyer led the first-team offense against the first-team defense and got a crack at the second-team defense. Manziel had two drives against the second-team defense. Hoyer’s drives against the first-team defense did not result in points, but he got a field goal against the second-team. Manziel went 3-and-out in his first drive and then led the offense to the goal line in his second drive, though they were stopped on 4th down.

Hoyer will probably keep the starting job for at least six games barring injury, but Manziel is getting into the mix.