The Browns are keeping Manziel on a "tight grip"
The Browns are keeping Manziel on a "tight grip".

Cleveland Browns make first major Johnny Manziel error

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Johnny Manziel will not be available to the national media at rookie minicamps this week, according to the New York Daily Post.

The newspaper attempted to gain access to the Cleveland Browns rookie training camp, set to get underway this week, but were told they were not allowed to attend as part of a new policy to control the attention focussed on the Browns first round quarterback.

Manziel was selected with the 22nd pick of the 2014 NFL draft, after the Browns selected cornerback Justin Gilbert earlier in the first round.

Manziel is expected to compete with incumbent Brian Hoyer for the starting spot as the Browns' quarterback next season.

But the organisation wants the avoid the kind of hysteria that followed Tim Tebow after he was signed to the Denver Broncos from the draft.

The Browns want to keep a "tight grip" on Manziel, who won the Heisman Trophy as a redshirt freshman at Texas A&M in 2012 before starring again for the Aggies last year.

He is one the most electric, and as a result high profile, players to come out of college in several years, and should provide a moribund Browns franchise with a real shot in the arm.

There's a feeling they've shot themselves in the foot with this decision though, as the Manziel to the Browns narrative is the sort of story that the organisation should be encouraging as the team's long suffering fans have heard enough hard knocks stories in recent years.

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