BEREA, Ohio—There were some glimpses of what might be to come as Browns offense ran some zone read during the scrimmage portion of practice with Johnny Manziel in the backfield at quarterback.
Manziel sprinted to the right and took off for a sizable gain after faking a hand off to Terrance West on one play. To end the practice, Manziel rolled to his right and hit fullback Ray Agnew for a touchdown on a short pass .
“It’s the install,” Mike Pettine said. “In Kyle (Shanahan’s) offense in Washington it was a combination of it and it was something he wanted to get in early and you saw some elements of it today. When you have a guy who is more mobile when you’re calling plays for him in live situations you’re going to lean toward an inventory of plays that suit his skill set. I just think at the end of the day you’ll see more of that with Johnny than we will with Brian.”
Pinkston Statement: There was an update on OL Jason Pinkston as he missed his third practice. The Browns and his agency (Schwartz & Feinsod) released a joint statement on Monday morning:
“Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Jason Pinkston has not been medically cleared to participate in football activities. The team has been in communication with Jason and his representatives and will respect their wishes to not provide any further details at this time.”
Wide Outs Get Break: WRs Travis Benjamin and Charles Johnson were kept out of drills on Monday, spending their time on the stationary bikes. Pettine said it was planned after the pair have returned to practice full time until now after coming off ACL surgeries.
“We wanted to keep reps limited after practicing its just their fifth day of work,” Pettine said. “We wanted to force a day off. Sometimes, they are their own worst enemy. We just want to keep an eye during practice to back them off. With receivers the amount they run we want to be cautious.”
Faulk Cut: OL Chris Faulk was released by the team. Faulk was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent last season from LSU. He had a severe knee injury and sat out the season on the Reserve/non-football list.