By Eric Szczepinski
3rd Edition, June 2nd
The Browns continued OTA’s this past week having 3 practices. OTA’s are still kept fairly closed off from the media and is used more of a playbook installment and less of full 11 on 11’s. The headlines from OTA’s though was Johnny Manziel took 2nd team reps at quarterback instead of 3rd where he was last week. Manziel also worked with the 1st team offense in 11 on 11’s because Brian Hoyer did not participate in 11 on 11 drills. This move to keep Hoyer sidelined is precautionary and his knee is at 100% strength. Reports on Manziel were all positive on the football side of things last week after media had a craze on Manziel’s Memorial day weekend Vegas trip. . Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan had this to say about his young rookie QB, “Johnny and RGIII are very similar; they’re both talented guys who can make plays with their legs. But there comes a time in the NFL when they’re going to have to have that ability to make throws with your arm and mind. And Johnny, just like Robert, has the arm talent and intelligence to do that” Yes, it’s only May but it’s a great sign when you hear coaches talk about their players like this. Manziel is continuing to study the playbook and the more practices he gets the more comfortable he’s going to be.
Of course, our good friend Josh Gordon had to somehow make his way into the news. On Friday reports broke Gordon received a speeding ticket Memorial Day weekend, driving his 2014 grey Mercedes-Benz SUV 74 in a 60-mile-per-hour on I-71 North. Although his ticket wasn’t as bad as former Brown Greg Little who was recklessly driving at speeds of over 120mph, Gordon’s passenger was issued a citation for possession of marijuana. Gordon’s passenger admitted it was theirs on the scene. As we await the outcome of his suspension this is not going to help the NFL’s decision. Gordon was indeed only given a speeding citation and not one for pot. But, the NFL will not look favorably on Gordon who was so careless to allow his passengers to have pot in the car. This certainly will not make Josh Gordon suspended indefinitely now, but Gordon needs to separate and resist being around pot. He’s a young man whose career is in the balance by not smoking and is making it difficult on himself to hold back from temptation by being around it.
This morning, the team announced they signed cornerback Aaron Berry. Berry (25) hasn’t had a smooth start to his NFL career. In 2013, he torn his ACL in training camp and in 2012 was arrested for drinking and driving and also for brandishing a gun in a parking lot. He received a 3 game suspension after that. Berry has played with the Lions and Jets during his four year career. Berry is a talented player who was expected to start for the Lions before he was cut for his off-field issues. He is familiar with Head Coach Mike Pettine who was the Defensive Coordinator when Berry was their in 2012. Pettine must know he has talent and is willing to give him another chance to play under his defense. Berry will have a long road ahead of him with a crowded secondary