Aug 18, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) throws the ball as Washington Redskins linebacker Gabe Miller (45) chases in the third quarter at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Browns coach Mike Pettine says Johnny Manziel package is "on the table"

The second it was announced that Johnny Manziel would be the backup in Cleveland, folks began speculating about the Browns employing a special Manziel package to take advantage of the quarterback’s unique talents as a scrambler and playmaker.

Apparently the Browns are on the same page as fans because they are indeed considering putting in a package just for Manziel:

What would a Manziel package be for the Browns? Possibly a Wild Cat look with Manziel taking on a Tim Tebow role. This could lead eventually to Manziel being employed as a punt protector as well.

It makes sense that Manziel, the most-hyped late-first-round QB since Tebow, would experience a career arc not that different from Tebow’s.

All kidding aside, though some may question the wisdom of using Manziel as a Wild Cat QB, if you’re the Browns it makes sense. You have this physically gifted QB who isn’t quite ready to play real QB, so why not use him as a gimmick QB for a few plays every game?

Getting Manziel in there as a Wild Cat QB could also help him remain focused. The Browns don’t want Manziel standing around on the sidelines getting bored and frustrated, so it’s probably a good idea to keep him involved even in a limited way.

Ultimately this gimmickry isn’t going to get the Browns or Manziel anywhere, but in the short-term it makes sense to put something in for Manziel, if only to keep the fans happy and the media beast fed with non-finger-related Manziel talkers.

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