Johnny Manziel will not start an NFL game for quite a while yet. The Cleveland Browns back-up quarterback showed during the pre-season that he's not ready to take the starting spot just yet, not to mention he showed his petulant side by giving the finger to the Washington bench during a game.
But this weekend we are very likely to see Manziel in action for the first time in an NFL regular season game against the New Orleans Saints.
The Browns host New Orleans on Sunday looking to get over their tight loss to Pittsburgh Steelers in week one. After a terrible start against the Steelers, QB Brian Hoyer led the Browns to a second-half comeback that saw them tie the game at 27-27 before Pittsburgh eventually stole the win with a late field goal.
But during the game the Browns lost one of the key members of their offensive group. That man was their premier running back Ben Tate, who injured his knee during the Steelers loss and could be out for up to four weeks.
This means the Browns are now being forced to open the playbook against the Saints as they look to avoid their second defeat in a row.
But this doesn't mean that Manziel will be starting for the Browns ahead of Brian Hoyer. Instead, the Browns are set to use Manziel in what has been labelled the 'Johnny Manziel package' with coach Mike Pettine telling Cleveland.com this "could happen" at the weekend.
Speaking about the Saints' defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, Pettine explained with a cheeky grin, "The Ryans are paranoid and very detailed in their preparation."
Pettine could easily just be winding up Rob Ryan ahead of their chess match this Sunday, but it's much more likely that the Browns will need to use Johnny Manziel in some way.
The Saints will look to use him in a similar way to what the New York Jets are currently trying to with Michael Vick. But that didn't work well for the Jets last Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, with Vick's one pass attempt landing incomplete.
No Tebow repeat
But Manziel has so much more potential than Vick and the Browns will look to unlock that potential on Sunday. What they do not want is a repeat of what the Jets endured with similar style quarterback in Tim Tebow. Whether they avoid that remains to be seen.
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