Browns preparing for Johnny Manziel to start against Titans

Browns preparing for Johnny Manziel to start against Titans

Now a team losing its starting signal-caller, in the season opener no less, is generally a huge step backward.

 "Johnny will get, early in the week, the starting quarterback reps. We'll see what Josh's status is", Manziel said.

It's not that we found it. We just stuck to what we wanted to do coming in and it started to pop. It's just like a fight.

Manziel could use the snaps with the starters, even if he doesn't get the call vs. the Titans. And he's the first player since at least 1933 with an ideal passer rating in his first game. Johnny Manziel would come in for Josh McCown, and scored a touchdown on his first drive at the helm, tossing a 54-yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin.

Sunday wasn't a great day for two former Michigan State quarterbacks. He was signed September 7 after being waived by the Rams in the final cut and clearing waivers. However, there will be more evaluations before McCown can be cleared to practice.

Cromartie's knee buckled on a non-contact play and he needed help to the sideline as he didn't put any weight on his left leg. Cromartie was later carted to the locker room and ruled out for the rest of the game.

The most salient point from the preseason remains: if the Browns can't impose their will in the running game, the offense will struggle to score more than 14 points a game. McCown was knocked off his feet by safety Calvin Pryor and the ball was jarred loose during a mid-air collision with linebacker Demario Davis.

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However, when the Browns faced a third-and-goal from the Jets' 14-yard line, the protection broke down and McCown escaped the pocket. "I'm a little disappointed in the second half but there still were some good things despite the turnovers".

Pettine said McCown spent time studying game film Monday at team headquarters. It is frustrating because you want him out there. Said line features two Pro-Bowlers (Joe Thomas and Alex Mack), as well as the team's best draft pick from last season (Joel Bitonio), yet you certainly couldn't tell yesterday. He tried vaulting into the end zone at the 1, was hit so hard he fumbled and was concussed at the same moment. "In game, we can't ride that roller coaster". We need him to get us going.

The Jets' feel-good Batman & Robin Reunion Tour in the secondary might temporarily be put on hold, but Todd Bowles is well-positioned to overcome the first significant injury of the season. "It really is. If I was in that situation, I would've probably done the same thing". But it was mostly downhill from there as Manziel threw an interception and lost two fumbles.

Manziel also suffered a big knockdown from Jets cornerback Buster Skrine on a 20-yard scramble with 13:28 left in the fourth quarter. Manziel's helmet bounced off the turf, but he bounced right up.

"Obviously, the second half leaves a bitter taste in your mouth", Manziel said. I just think it starts with the way he takes control of not only the huddle, but the entire building. "Arm-wise he felt OK".

Bowles said he needs to see Devin Smith practice and take a few hits before he decides if the wide receiver will be ready to play against the Colts Monday.... "There were a couple I thought it was textbook".