You can call him Johnny Backup
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel will be a backup to Brian Hoyer.
JOHNNY MANZIEL has a Heisman Trophy, celebrity friends and fame.
At the moment, he doesn't have a starting job. And it may be that way for a while.
Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam said yesterday the Browns have told Johnny Football to start acting like a backup quarterback.
Speaking at a Pro Football Hall of Fame luncheon in Canton, Ohio, Haslam said the Browns were excited to select Manziel, Texas A&M's dynamic, playmaking quarterback, in the first round of the draft.
However, although Manziel has brought a buzz to Cleveland and made the Browns fashionable, Haslam quickly ended any speculation that the highly touted QB will soar past Brian Hoyer on the depth chart.
"We were very frank with him that, 'You're the backup quarterback. This is a hard-working, blue-collar town. This isn't Hollywood,' " Haslam said. " 'We want you to come in here, work hard and work as hard as anybody on the team.' He's not the starter. Brian Hoyer is our starting quarterback. Johnny is the backup."
Haslam called Manziel "ultra-competitive" and feels the 21-year-old will come to training camp with the right attitude. He knows Manziel wants to prove he can succeed in the NFL.
"I think you'll find a guy that's really hard-working, a serious guy that doesn't want to be a 3-year-in-the-league flash and out who makes a lot of money on endorsements," said Haslam, speaking to a crowd of 500, most of them hardcore Browns fans. "He's a football player."
During his 35 minutes at the podium, Haslam recapped the club's draft weekend, highlighted by the selection of Manziel with the No. 22 overall pick obtained in a trade with the Eagles.
Haslam denied a report that the team initially sent in a draft card with Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's name on it before switching to Manziel.
On the way to his chauffeured car, Haslam told the Associated Press the report was erroneous.
"That's crazy," he said. "That's nuts."
Manziel's Browns jersey was the No. 1 seller among rookies on NFLShop.com, followed by St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted. No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, selected by Houston, had the third-most popular rookie jersey.
In another Browns development, veteran quarterback Vince Young was released just days after being signed on May 1.
Young hasn't played in an NFL regular-season NFL game since 2011, when he was with the Eagles.
* St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Bailey tweeted that he had never taken a PED.
"I acknowledge that a violation of league policy occurred and that I am responsible for that violation," he added on Twitter. "I sincerely apologize" to the team.
Responding to negative tweets, Bailey said, "Everyone makes mistakes."
Bailey was a third-round draft pick last year out of West Virginia, and made two starts. He had 17 receptions with a 13.3-yard average and also ran for a 27-yard touchdown.
Bailey will be eligible to return to the roster on Monday, Oct.6, before the Rams' next game against San Francisco. He is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
* Minnesota Vikings college scouting director Scott Studwell has resigned from the position he held for 12 years, stepping back to a different role in the front office.
The Vikings confirmed that Studwell will be replaced by Jamaal Stephenson, who has been the assistant director of college scouting since 2009.
Studwell played 14 seasons as a linebacker for the Vikings, who added him to their Ring of Honor in 2009. The 59-year-old Studwell has been with the organization since he was drafted in 1977 in the ninth round out of Illinois.
* All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson said he's confident he will get a new contract with the Arizona Cardinals. He just doesn't know when.
Peterson said the Cardinals and his agent are in the early stages of negotiations with no timetable on reaching an agreement.
Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman just signed a 4-year, $57 million contract with $40 million guaranteed.
Peterson said he "kind of" had a smile on his face when he saw the terms of Sherman's deal.