BEREA, Ohio (AP) — A look at Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s day at training camp.
HITS AND MISSES: Manziel had another inconsistent practice as he continues to battle Brian Hoyer for the starting job. He was intercepted during one of the 11-ono-11 scrimmages by Josh Aubrey, who made a one-handed pick. Manziel had a few passes broken up, but he also displayed both power and finesse on come completions.
JOHNNY’S SHOES: For the second time this week, Manziel came onto the practice field wearing bright-colored cleats. On Friday, he sported a pair of fluorescent green Nikes, which he wore during the stretching period before switching into a pair of white cleats. One of the Browns training personnel said Manziel is trying to get the width right in the prototype shoes.
There had been speculation the team had told him to change the cleats.
YOU CAN’T DO THAT: After squirting through the line and running for a touchdown in a red zone drill, Manziel shot the football through over the goalpost’s crossbar and drew a penalty flag for unsportsmanlike conduct from one of the officials working practice. The NFL is cutting down on end zone celebrations this season by eliminating any use of the goal post, which is now considered a prop.
UP NEXT: Manziel will get his chance to shine before 25,000 on Saturday as the Browns scrimmage at the University of Akron. Manziel was looking forward to something other than practice.
“For me, I’ve been better in game situations than I feel that I have in practice, but I have to come out here and get better at the plays and get better at the reps that I’m getting,” he said. “That’s my main thing, just keep getting better, and when it’s time to go out and play football, then it’s time to play football.”
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