AKRON, Ohio – Johnny Manziel was back in his element: on campus, in a stadium on a Saturday.
And on the field, Manziel may have tightened the competition to be Cleveland’s starter.
Cleveland’s rookie quarterback, whose electrifying scrambles and how-did-he-do-that passes made him a college football superstar, showed off some of those dazzling and daring skills as the Browns took a short trip south of their training camp to scrimmage at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium.
Manziel and Brian Hoyer took their quarterback battle into the public and in front of 20,673 fans, who didn’t see much offensive scoring – there were two field goals and two defensive touchdowns – but got a chance to see Johnny Football in the flesh.
Manziel made some plays with his legs and rocket arm. Shaking off a sloppy start on his first series, he scrambled from trouble and completed two passes by firing completions into tight windows. He had a touchdown pass dropped and had another TD ruled out of bounds on a play that may have been reversed by instant replay.
Nothing spectacular, but steady.
Some good, some bad, Manziel said of his performance. I thought we moved the ball after the first drive pretty well, and then I was told we had a 16-play drive on the second drive, which is good. We’re keeping the chains moving. It was nice.
Hoyer, who entered training camp with a lead over Manziel, completed seven of 11 passes for 56 yards and led the Browns to one field goal.
Manziel went 3 of 7 for 14 yards and had two carries for 18 yards.
HOF considering contributors
In Canton, Ohio, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is considering a proposal to add a contributor category, which could have the potential of increasing the number of annual inductees to eight.
Hall of Fame President David Baker said the proposal was presented Friday to the board of trustees for approval. It’s unclear whether the proposal passed.
Baker said officials believe there is a need to add the category to address what’s become a backlog of qualified candidates – including commissioners, owners and general managers – who played a role in establishing and building the game.
Around the league
San Francisco nose tackle Glenn Dorsey has a torn left bicep and will undergo surgery. It’s unclear how long he might be sidelined. Julius Thomas missed the Denver Broncos’ annual summer scrimmage with a bruised thigh, so Jacob Tamme stepped up and played the starring role alongside Peyton Manning.
With Steven Jackson out injured (left hamstring), the Falcons need Jacquizz Rodgers, Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith to fill the void. Rodgers and Freeman are splitting work with the starters while Smith is working with the second and third teams.