The Cleveland Browns aren’t sure what to do at quarterback moving forward, but the good news is that it’s not such a bad thing. After a solid week two performance that saw him toss two long touchdowns in a 28-14 win over the Tennessee Titans, second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel now has the Browns coaching staff considering him as the long-term option under center over Josh McCown.
#Browns will consider jumping Johnny Manziel ahead of Josh McCown at QB, based on Mike Pettine’s comments.
— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) September 21, 2015
McCown looked fine enough on his only drive during week one, but gave way to Manziel after suffering a concussion in his first game of the year. McCown was expected to be cleared and start in week two, but the team learned last Friday that he would not be available to play. Manziel only attempted 15 passes on the day, but made big enough of an impact to help the Browns win. The team is expected to wait until official word on McCown’s week three status before making a decision on their starter.
If McCown is the starter, the Browns go back to being a bland offense that might win some games but probably will lack any real flash for fantasy football purposes. Love him or hate him, Manziel actually offers some upside. Despite being handcuffed to a predictable run-first offense, Johnny Football was unleashed just enough on Sunday to fire two impressive touchdown bombs. He’s still young, inexperienced and a walking turnover waiting to happen, but it’s quite obvious he’s also getting better.
With Cleveland no lock to do much damage in 2015 either way, the time might be coming for the Browns to fully get behind Manziel and see what he’s made for. Judging off of what we saw the past two weeks, that puts Johnny Manziel on the fantasy radar if you’re hurting at quarterback. Considering Tony Romo went down and guys like Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler are banged up, that very well could be the case. Manziel is worth a speculative add in season long leagues but is especially fun in daily fantasy football leagues, where he’s just $5.1k heading into a beatable week three matchup with the Oakland Raiders at home.