BY ERIC GARLAND, CSNmidatlantic.com
The Johnny Manziel era could be coming to a close in Cleveland, according to a report that also states the troubled quarterback wants to play for the Dallas Cowboys.
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King reported that the Browns are ‘so done’ with Manziel after the quarterback did not show up for a concussion checkup Sunday morning.
King also tweeted that Manziel wants out of Cleveland, and wants to play in his home state of Texas for the Dallas Cowboys. Manziel also played his college ball in Texas, for the Texas A&M Aggies.
Manziel found himself in headlines mostly for the wrong reasons during his career so far with the Browns. Former Browns coach Mike Pettine, who was fired Sunday, was openly concerned with Manziel’s partying and even benched his quarterback for his antics.
Manziel was ruled out for the Browns’ Week 17 game with a concussion, which effectively ended his season, but King reported that the Browns were still scheduled to evaluate Manziel on Sunday. Reports surfaced that Manziel was partying in Las Vegas the night before, although he published an Instagram post stating he was at home in Cleveland.
Manziel has started in eight games during his two years in Cleveland, only achieving two wins out of those eight starts. He has thrown for 1,675 yards and seven touchdowns in career thus far.
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Ozzie Newsome is closing out his last NFL Draft as the general manager of the Ravens with a bang.
After trading down twice from the 16th spot to draft TE Hayden Hurst with the 25th overall pick, the Eagles traded their 32nd overall pick to the Ravens where they selected QB Lamar Jackson. In return, the Eagles will receive the Ravens' 2018 2nd-round and 4th-round picks in addition to their 2019 2nd-round pick.
The former Heisman Trophy winner has proven success in the air and on the ground. While at Louisville, Jackson had 9,043 passing yards and 69 touchdowns. He also rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns.
The first-round selection shows the Ravens are planning for the post-Flacco era.
Standing at 6' 2", Jackson's build isn't up to typical NFL QB standards and scouts were concerned with his accuracy. What he does have in his favor is speed. His NFL comparison is to that of Michael Vick.
The pick is in!
With the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Ravens have selected tight end Hayden Hurst.
Hurst, an ex-minor league baseball pitcher, walked on at South Carolina at 21-years old and finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns.
Standing at 6' 5", Hurst ran a 4.67 40 yard dash, recorded a 31.5 vertical jump and a 7.19 three cone drill at the combine.
"His fearless play demeanor combined with size, strength and athleticism make him a well-rounded prospect with the versatility to line up all over the field. He's sure-handed and could become a young quarterback's safety blanket if he improves elements of his route running. He should see early snaps and has the ability to become a good combination tight end." according to his draft profile.
While Hurst is starting his career at 25-years old, he will provide tight end support that the Ravens have yet to address in free agency. It also doesn't hurt that QB Joe Flacco has a tendency to favor his tight ends.
Welcome to Ravens Nation, Hurst.