By Sarah Berkowitz
Maybe the Cleveland Browns were really serious a month or so ago when they were reported to be in the market for Eagles newbie QB Sam Bradford.
In a move that will go a long way toward puncturing the myth that Johnny Manziel can play in the NFL, the Browns have settled on:
Josh McCown as their starting quarterback!
McCown is firmly entrenched and Manziel, a first-round pick of the Browns last year, appears to be largely an afterthought at Organized Team Activities.
After reporting on the first week of OTAs, Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland describes Manziel as “a fish out of water” in the offense the Browns are installing. Grossi writes that the Browns don’t seem to be developing Manziel so much as they’re moving on from him.
At the practice the media were allowed to watch, Manziel seemed to eager to run and not confident enough in his passing. And Grossi reports that one source who witnessed another practice says Manziel was actually even worse in a session that the media didn’t see.
The bottom line is that 13 months after he was drafted, Manziel still hasn’t done anything to make the Browns think he’s ever going to be their franchise quarterback. McCown is the starter for now, and someone else will probably need to be found to be the long-term answer in the future.