NFL Notes: Johnny Manziel, Buccaneers, Jets, & Titans

Johnny Manziel

Jason Cole of B/R mentions that the Browns have put QB Johnny Manziel in a “very difficult” situation, as he has very little time to prepare for their Thursday night game against the Bengals.

According to Cole, the concern is that Manziel could be less prepared with the team’s gameplan, given that they’re on a short week and will be up against a quality opponent.

Even so, Cole has spoke to sources within the Browns who expect Manziel to play well and take advantage of the opportunity in front of him. Cole adds that the Browns are hoping Manziel will win the starting job for the remainder of the season.


  • Buccaneers LB Quayshawn Nealy and DE Ronald Powell to their practice squad.
  • Buccaneers released LB Julian Stanford from their practice squad.


  • Jets quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick (thumb) and Geno Smith (shoulder) participated in throwing drills on Wednesday.
  • Rich Cimini spotted Fitzpatrick gripping the football with left hand, which had a protective glove on it.
  • Jets signed WR Shane Wynn to their practice squad. (Brian Costello)
  • Jets released FB Julian Howsare from their practice squad. (Brian Costello)


  • ESPN’s Adam Caplan reports that Titans WR Kendall Wright has a sprained MCL, and the team isn’t sure how long he’ll be out. (Paul Kuharsky)
  • Caplan mentions that the Titans are likely to “strongly consider” moving rookie Jeremiah Poutasi to guard and shifting Byron Bell to right tackle.

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