The Cleveland Browns have seemingly went above and beyond to remind Johnny Manziel that he’s a rookie.
From informing the signal caller that he’s ‘not in Hollywood’ to telling him to act like a backup quarterback, it was clear the Browns organization didn’t want Manziel’s head to inflate any larger than it already was.
But the biggest blow to Manziel’s ego may have been the fact that he opened OTA’s as the third-string quarterback.
Normally a rookie quarterback finding himself placed third on the depth chart isn’t exactly earth shattering, though most rookie quarterbacks aren’t Johnny Manziel and most wouldn’t find themselves placed behind Tyler Thigpen.
But just a week or so after Manziel found himself anchored to the bottom of the depth chart, the Browns have decided to move him up as he’s now the No. 2 quarterback behind supposed starter Brian Hoyer.
“So guess Vegas trip didn’t hurt Johnny, second string to Brian Hoyer. Thigpen third,” says Jim Corbett.
There was never much reason for Manziel to be placed behind Thigpen in the first place outside of the team attempting to reality check their newest quarterback.
As for the starting duties, though understandably still belong to the aforementioned Hoyer, who before his season ending injury in 2013, appeared to have the Browns on the right track. Unfortunately for Hoyer, many fans and media members will be clamoring for Manziel to start at the first sign of struggle, so it appears his seat is white hot and training camp hasn’t even started yet.