Cleveland Browns Rumors, News: Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer, Mike Pettine
After beating the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, the Cleveland Browns will play the Buffalo Bills at their stadium. Here’s some of the latest buzz:
Manziel involved in fight
Johnny Manziel reportedly was involved in a hotel fight in Cleveland over the weekend.
A fan, who described himself to the first-year quarterback as “the biggest Browns fan ever,” apparently went up to Manziel and attempted to give him a hug. After that, he got punched by a member of Manziel’s entourage.
“Victim stated that (sic) he took one step towards the unidentified male who he states was Johnny Manziel and was struck several times in the face by the offender,” reads a police report obtained by the Cleveland Scene (via NY Daily News). “Victim states that he was then pushed and attacked by the offender and several other unidentified males.”
The man who was punched was identified as 33-year-old Chris Gono, who has a lengthy police rap sheet.
A Manziel agent issue a statement, saying that “Johnny and his roommate had been out to dinner earlier in the evening with Johnny’s mother, who is staying with him this week.”
“There was no entourage. Johnny and his roommate were trying to get on the apartment elevator at his home when they were accosted by a very aggressive man and his associates. It was an unfortunate situation and he immediately let [Browns general manager] Ray Farmer and the team know what happened,” the statement reads, via ESPN.
Hoyer to be benched?
Brian Hoyer is in the midst of a rough patch, throwing six interceptions to three touchdowns over the past four games while completing only 53 percent of his passes.
Coach Mike Pettine said that Hoyer, however, has displayed poise, namely in leading the Browns to a last-second field goal to beat the Falcons.
“The way he handled it was outstanding,” Pettine said, via Cleveland.com. Pettine said he never considered benching Hoyer in favor of Manziel.
“I don’t think there’s ever a time during a game when we think we’re out of it because we have No. 6 running the show,” Browns WR Andrew Hawkins told The Plain Dealer. “It’s not just him, the guys around him are busting their butts, but there’s no question he’s the leader on offense. When you have confidence in your leader and he has confidence in himself and the rest of the team then the sky is really the limit on any given Sunday.”
Gordon talks return
Josh Gordon, who returned after a nine-game suspension against the Falcons, recalled telling Hoyer not to shy away from throwing to him on the final drive.
“I just told him, ‘Don’t give up on me. Don’t quit on me,”’ said Gordon, according to SBNation.
“It means the world to me to be back, but not just to be back, but to be with this team,” he added.
“More than anything this is my third year here, I’ve been through plenty of different coaches, owners and GMs and offenses. To finally see us get it going in the right direction means everything to me. That’s what I live for and that’s what I work for.”