Manziel works with Browns starters; Patriots visit Redskins camp

Aug. 04, 2014 @ 05:10 PM

BEREA, Ohio — Johnny Manziel took a planned trip one slot up the depth chart. There's no telling how long No. 2 will stay No. 1.

The Browns' rookie quarterback took snaps with Cleveland's starters for the first time in practice at training camp on Monday, moving ahead of Brian Hoyer for at least one day.

Coach Mike Pettine said Manziel's promotion was simply the next step in the club's evaluation of the two quarterbacks in the second full week of their competition for the starting job.

"It's just part of our plan," Pettine said. "We said we were going to allow the quarterbacks to compete, at some point you've got to mix up the supporting cast a little bit. It's all part of it."

Manziel's promotion — planned or not — caused quite a stir at Browns camp as another large crowd lined the fields behind team headquarters to get a close look at Hoyer vs. Johnny Football.

Pettine knew the decision to move the popular Manziel in with the starters would cause a commotion.

"That's great," he said, shrugging his shoulders. "That comes with the territory."

Manziel had worked exclusively with Cleveland's second-string offense until Monday, when Hoyer was dropped back with the subs.

Patriots' Belichick tells of 'Redskins' connection

RICHMOND, Va. — Bill Belichick says the Washington Redskins were almost his "second home" during his first NFL season as a low-level assistant with the Baltimore Colts.

It seems Ted Marchibroda didn't change a thing after going from Redskins offensive coordinator to Colts head coach in 1975, so Belichick was put in a charge of changing the name on the playbook.

"One of my jobs was to white-out 'Washington Redskins' and type in 'Baltimore Colts' on it and then Xerox it off," Belichick said. "It was literally the same offense, and Maxie Baughan was the defensive coordinator and it was the same defense.

"And I remember there were a couple of pages that somehow snuck into the playbook that 'Redskins' didn't get whited out — and I heard about it. ... I learned a lot of about the Redskins organization through the Colts."

Belichick gets a look at the modern-day Redskins this week.

His New England Patriots joined Washington on Monday for the start of three days of joint practices ahead of their preseason opener Thursday.

"I'm sure there will be plenty of things that we can learn from the way the Redskins do things," Belichick said. "And maybe there'll be some things they do the same, and if there are some things that are different, we'll probably take a look at them and say, 'Is that something we can do?' As a head coach of an NFL team, you don't really get many opportunities to see what other people are doing."

Bengals' QB Andy Dalton signs multiyear deal

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals on Monday made Andy Dalton one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league.

Dalton signed a six-year extension. According to multiple reports, the deal is worth up to $115 million and will prevent Dalton playing out the final year of his rookie contract.

The deal was announced at a news conference on Monday, but financial details were not released.

Dalton said he is relieved to have the deal finalized before the season.

Ebron loves to prove doubters wrong

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron says he has taken some criticism on Twitter about dropping passes.

He says it serves as motivation.

He displayed flashes of promise Monday at practice, quickly running routes and leaping to make catches. The rookie also proved he has a lot to learn, cutting in when he should've stayed out and lining up improperly at least once.

When the Lions drafted Ebron at No. 10 overall in May, some wondered why they put another tight end on the roster.

Ebron, though, has already showed he is athletic enough to line up as a slot receiver. He also may be used in some three-tight end formations with Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria.

Giants RB Wilson's career over due to back injury

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.  — New York Giants running back David Wilson's NFL career is over after two seasons because of a back injury.

The 23-year-old Wilson was told by doctors Monday that he risked more serious problems if he kept playing.

He underwent fusion surgery to repair vertebrae and a herniated disk in his neck in January. At practice last Tuesday, Wilson caught a pass and ran with his head down into the back of an offensive lineman, a hit that caused numbness in his hands and lower extremities.

He missed the final 11 games last season after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal cord.