Pettine: Manziel has improved, not guaranteed to start

Tom Brady threw for 466 yards – the second-most of his career – and three touchdowns in leading the New England Patriots to a 40-32 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. “Just because he is the starter right now with the fact that Josh is out but we’ll have the ‘what if?’ discussion tonight, see where that takes us”.


Manziel practiced sparingly leading up to the opener against the Jets.

Manziel, though, drove the Browns 80 yards for their last TD, getting it on the kind of play that made him famous in college – and at least for now – Cleveland’s guy. For a player like Hawkins with excellent quickness and the ability to make things happen after the catch, targeting him just 10 times in two games is something that needs to change.

Even if McCown gets cleared to play this week, Browns head coach Mike Pettine indicated on Monday that Manziel may remain the starter.

After a rookie season in which he did not at all resemble an National Football League quarterback, and an offseason in which he went to rehab and had to prove himself all over again to his teammates, it did not seem that way for Manziel.

Did you know? Johnny Manziel has not thrown a touchdown pass this year to anyone not named Travis Benjamin.

Rivers’ final throw was intercepted by Vinny Rey at midfield with 53 seconds left to clinch it. Rivers was 21 of 27 for 241 yards.

Keep the “money” signs in your pocket and the Johnny Football mania in check. Specifically, they wanted the offensive line to be more physical and they wanted the running backs to hit the hole when it was there. Neither back caught a pass.

Mariota was sacked seven times and pressured seemingly on every passing attempt. He was able to turn a 62.2 halftime passer rating into a 96.3 rating by the end of the game. He completed 13 of 16 passes for 209 yards. The Titans have an open date on October . 4. The strategy of mixing the run and pass cut the Browns lead to 21-14 with 6:42 left.

Run defense wasn’t one of them.

Dexter McCluster looked lightning fast on Sunday and averaged 9.8 yards per carry. Speaking of running, Manziel also showed that his first, second and third instinct upon seeing a play break down is to still make a dash for it, which is exciting to watch but not the best way to win games in the NFL.

NOTES: G Chance Warmack left on crutches and was wearing a brace after spraining his right medial collateral ligament in the first half. He kicked four extra points against the Titans and all five kickoffs resulted in touchbacks. Shaun Draughn had only one opportunity to return a kick and ran it back 31 yards. He’ll have to separately be cleared to play. After a 2-14 season, reality was a nightmare for Titan fans; a nightmare full of inept quarterback play, zero blocking and a defense with more holes than Camp Green Lake.

The first two picks in the 2015 NFL Draft will always be compared against one another and so the first meeting between Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota in Week 1 meant those comparisons came in floods.


By contrast, the Titans rushed for six first downs and 166 yards against the Browns on September 20.

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