AFC Notes: Browns, Ravens, Texans

     

Browns

Johnny Manziel mentioned during an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” Wednesday that the Browns should have known he wasn’t the kind of player to come in and watch tape every day.

If Cleveland did any of their homework they would have known I wasn’t a guy who came in every day and watched film,” Manziel said, per Andrew Perloff. “I wasn’t a guy who really knew the X’s and O’s of football.

Manziel later tweeted: “Draft a QB in the first round and put him into a toxic Quarterback room vs. what it was like my second year with McCown. COMPLETELY different situation. It’s all about the right fit and mine in Cleveland wasn’t right. That’s just the facts. I also have nobody to blame but myself.”

Ravens

  • Following the news that they’ve signed QB Robert Griffin III to a one-year deal (NFLTR), Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said that this move won’t prevent them from considering quarterbacks in this year’s draft. (Jeff Zrebiec)
  • Regarding their draft plans, Newsome said: “You may be surprised on who we pick at 16 if we pick at 16.” (Jeff Zrebiec)
  • Ravens GM in waiting Eric DeCosta said that he believes there are eight to nine quarterbacks in this year’s draft that will start and prove capable of winning games at some point during their rookie contracts.
  • Jeff Zrebiec adds that the Ravens like this quarterback class and they’re likely to take one at some point.

Texans

Texans HC Bill O’Brien mentioned during an appearance on Pro Football Talk Live that changing their offensive playbook this offseason is a “very big project” for him and the coaching staff to undertake.

It’s a very big project but it’s a lot of fun. It’s fun to get in there with the offensive staff and figure out how we can do things differently than we’ve done in the past. I think you have to be willing to change in this league relative to the talent you have,” O’Brien said. “Deshaun has a unique skill set at the position and we’re looking at his skill set as well as Hopkins, Will FullerLamar MillerD’Onta Foreman, Ryan Griffin some of the other guys we have on offense and really trying to put it all together.”

O’Brien added that he’s confident in QB Deshaun Watson‘s ability to avoid taking big hits now that he’s coming off of a torn ACL.

“Deshaun has a style of play that allows himself to stay out of trouble most of the time. He knows when to slide, he knows when to duck out of bounds, he’s got a good instinct for the game,” O’Brien said. “The other thing we’ve tried to do is improve the offensive line and that’s something we’re going to continue to try to do. We have to do a better job of protection. We have to coach it better, we have to play better. I think that’s going to help him.”

  • Aaron Wilson also reports that Oklahoma DE Ogbonna Okoronkwo will attend the Texans’ local prospect day.
  • Sam Houston State QB Jeremiah Briscoe has been invited to attend the Texans local prospect day. (Aaron Wilson)