Daily Dawg Tags: Time to shift the Johnny Manziel focus to the field


Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Cleveland Browns:

Time to shift the Johnny Manziel focus to the field

"From the moment he walked across the stage at Radio City Music Hall during the 2014 NFL Draft flashing his “Money Manziel” sign, we knew that Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel  was … different. Manziel came to town as the type of athlete the Browns had never seen before, one who was as much a brand as a football player. He also came with, through no fault of his own, a rabid fanbase that cared about everything Manziel does – both on and off the field. That fanbase cares solely about Manziel the individual, wanting him on the field no matter what. It didn’t matter if Manziel was ready or not, or if it was in the best interests of the Browns, they needed to slake their thirst for the next highlight from Johnny Football."

Cleveland Browns: 5 best trades of all-time

"As the Cleveland Browns continue to see the 2015 NFL season circle the drain, one of the few bright spots has been punter Andy Lee. Acquired in the off-season by general manager Ray Farmer (reportedly a horrible judge of talent) for just a seventh-round draft pick, Lee has consistently shown why he was a three-time Pro Bowl selection while punting for the San Francisco 49ers. Lee is fifth in the NFL with 49 punts (not a surprise for an offensive that loves nothing more than a three-and-out, especially with Johnny Manziel at quarterback), is sixth in both average and net average, and is tied for fifth in punts inside the 20 (only two off the leaders)."

For Manziel, the real job will be keeping the job as Cleveland Browns starting quarterback (NEOMG)

"There’s a terrific picture of Johnny Manziel and other members of the Browns joining the Glenville football team at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank on Monday. The more of these events for Manziel, the better. I’m not talking about the image of the Browns quarterback, but to keep him focused on the right things. Being around those high school players also should remind Manziel how so many young athletes do look up to him. There is another video, this one from Austin, Texas. You can check it out atbustedcoverage.com. He’s in a club. He doesn’t look good."

Johnny Manziel doesn’t comment on latest social media appearances (ESPN)

"Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel made another appearance on social media Monday with a photo and Instagram video from Austin, Texas, hitting websites. Manziel told reporters from 92.3 The Fan, the Akron Beacon Journal and Cleveland.com at a charity event in the afternoon that he had not seen the posts and could not comment on them. Manziel said he spent Thursday and Friday night in Texas before attending the Michigan State-Ohio State game in Columbus on Saturday."

Johnny Manziel shown partying at nightclub (FanSided)

"Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has never been able to avoid media attention, due to his off-the-field antics that landed him in trouble throughout his rookie season. Manziel entered rehab during the offseason to curb his partying ways, but Bleacher Report reports that the controversial quarterback used some of the Browns’ bye week to party at a Texas nightclub. He can be seen in a video holding a bottle of Dom Perignon."

NFL News: 

Broncos to start Brock Osweiler at QB, sit Peyton Manning vs. Pats (ESPN)

"The Denver Broncos will start Brock Osweiler at quarterback and sitPeyton Manning for a second straight week against the New England Patriots on Sunday night. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak announced the decision to start Osweiler on Monday afternoon, revealing that the injured Manning is in Charlotte consulting with noted orthopedic foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson. Kubiak said that Manning, who has been hampered by a plantar fascia injury to his left foot, is “doing everything he can possibly do to get himself healthy and get himself back on the field.”"

Panthers’ Wes Horton suspended four games for PED use (FanSided)

"Defensive end Wes Horton has had to battle for a relevant spot on the Carolina Panthers, but apparently, he used performance enhancing drugs to help him along in the process. The NFL has subsequently suspended Horton for his use of PEDs for four games, ESPN reports. Horton was actually cut by the team earlier in the season, but only missed one game, getting cut after Week 3 and being brought back before Week 5, when they had a BYE. Horton’s stats have been less than riveting, with only one sack and four solo tackles so far this season. Horton has started just two games so far this year, so he’s not the most important part of the defense by any means."

NFL examining situation surrounding Case Keenum (NFL.com)

"The NFL will be looking into why St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum was not tested for a possible concussion at the end of Sunday’s loss to the Ravens, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday. Keenum’s head was slammed to the turf on the Rams’ final drive of the team’s 16-13 loss to theBaltimore Ravens. He immediately held his head, and then struggled to stand up when a teammate helped him up. Keenum stayed on his knees, and backup quarterback Nick Foles began to warm up on the sideline."