NFL notebook: Browns owner says Johnny Manziel won’t be handed starting job _lowres

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, right, from Texas A&M, watches cornerback Justin Gilbert during their introductory news conference at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Friday, May 9, 2014. The Browns selected Gilbert with the eighth pick and Manziel with the 22nd pick in the first round of Thursday night's draft. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CANTON, Ohio — Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam said the Browns have told Johnny Manziel to start acting “like a backup quarterback.”

The Browns selected Manziel, Texas A&M’s electrifying star quarterback, in the first round of the NFL draft. Haslam praised Manziel for being an “ultra-competitor” but reiterated that Brian Hoyer is the team’s starting quarterback and Manziel will have to beat out the veteran in training camp.

Haslam made it clear that Manziel “is not the starter. Johnny’s the backup.”

Haslam said the team was not scared off by the celebrity that comes along with Manziel. He said the Browns told Manziel “this is not Hollywood” and that he’ll have to come to Cleveland ready to work hard.

Haslam also refuted a report the team initially sent in a draft card with Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s name on it.

Haslam told The Associated Press that the report was “crazy” and “nuts.”

The Browns also released quarterback Vince Young.


RACKLEY, NEVIS RELEASED; LOSTON ADDED: In Jacksonville, Fla., the Jacksonville Jaguars released six players, including starting guard Will Rackley and former LSU standout Drake Nevis.

A third-round draft pick from Lehigh in 2011, Rackley started 25 games over three seasons. He missed all of 2012 with an ankle injury.

Jacksonville also released running back Delone Carter, running back Shaun Chapas, receiver Jeremy Ebert, Nevis and receiver Stephen Williams.

The Jaguars also agreed to terms with 17 undrafted rookies.

Among the undrafted rookies are Miami quarterback Stephen Morris, Miami receiver Allen Hurns, California defensive tackle DeAndre Coleman, LSU safety Craig Loston and Oregon State cornerback Rashaad Reynolds.

Southeastern Louisiana

FIVE PLAYERS HEADED TO NFL: Five former Southeastern Louisiana football players will participate in upcoming NFL rookie mini-camps, the school announced Monday.

The former Lions either were signed as undrafted free agents or received mini-camp invites. The group includes defensive back Todd Washington of Lutcher (Arizona), defensive back Theo Alexander (Houston), offensive lineman Gasten Gabriel of West Felicana (Jets), linebacker Cqulin Hubert (Saints) and linebacker Devan Walker of Catholic (Chiefs).


FORMER OLE MISS GUARD CRITICAL OF SAM TV COVERAGE: In Oxford, Miss., former Ole Miss basketball player Marshall Henderson says ESPN’s coverage of Michael Sam becoming the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL was inappropriate and that he is boycotting SportsCenter.

Henderson took to Twitter Monday morning using expletives to say that he would not watch the show until the network stopped running the Sam footage, adding “.... My brothers are 7 and 11 and saw that!!!.”

After a flurry of backlash, Henderson sent another tweet less than an hour later saying “Im sorry, but I DO NOT AGREE WHATSOEVER that should be shown to where innocent eyes can see!!!”

Henderson later sent out a string of tweets that attempted to explain his comments. He said a friend who is a psychology major asked him to send the comments to see “how people react when others say things or act a certain way against another group of people.”


FRANKLIN, MAXWELL AMONG SIGNEES: In Allen Park, Mich., the Detroit Lions signed Missouri quarterback James Franklin.

The Lions also signed undrafted free agents Florida State fullback Chad Abram, Tennessee guard Alex Bullard, William & Mary defensive back Jerome Couplin, Wake Forest linebacker Justin Jackson, Kansas State offensive tackle Cornelius Lucas, Oklahoma defensive back Gabe Lynn, Louisiana-Lafayette tight end Jacob Maxwell, Old Dominion guard D.J. Morrell, Appalachian State receiver Andrew Peacock, and Nebraska defensive back Mohammed Seisay.


UL-LAFAYETTE’S ANDERSON AMONG SIGNEES: In East Rutherford, N.J., the Giants released quarterback Rusty Smith, linebacker Allen Bradford, cornerback Junior Mertile and punter Jordan Gay.

The Giants also signed five rookie free agents Monday: defensive tackles Kelcy Quarles of South Carolina and Eathyn Manumaleuna of BYU, end Kerry Wynn of Richmond, linebacker Justin Anderson of Louisiana-Lafayette and safety Thomas Gordon of Michigan.

New York had signed Smith, a former Titans backup, on April 28.