The Browns are tackling Manzielmania. Containing it could be a lot tougher.
In an effort to minimize the frenzy around quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Browns are limiting media access to the first-round draft pick’s appearance this weekend at the team’s rookie minicamp.
The Browns are only allowing local reporters — and maybe some select national ones — to be at the former Texas A&M star’s first practice as an NFL player.
The Browns selected Manziel in last week’s draft, and already the 21-year-old has brought long-sought attention to a sleeping franchise that has had just two winning seasons in the past 15 years.
It’s not clear what criteria the Browns are using to determine who is allowed into the workouts.
Since drafting Manziel, college football’s biggest star, the team has been inundated with interview requests.
Beyond that, the Browns also have sold nearly 3,000 season-ticket packages and Manziel’s No. 2 jersey is the most coveted fashion item in town.
The Browns have altered their practice availability in recent days. After originally saying Saturday’s practice would be open, reporters and photographers will now only watch the first 15 minutes when players do stretching exercises and individual drills.
Also, first-year Browns coach Mike Pettine has decided to close Sunday’s practice to the media.