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Johnny Manziel era begins for Cleveland Browns

By George Thomas Published: May 17, 2014
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Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel hands off during rookie mini-camp in Berea, Ohio. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)

Fifteen minutes into a rookie minicamp and what’s known about Johnny Manziel, the phenom that Northeast Ohio is hanging its pigskin dreams?

Not a lot.  He can hand the ball off. God knows that with his gaudy college stats (more than 7,000 yards passing, and more than 2,000 rushing) not a lot of that was seen in college.  What is definitely noticeable is that we’ve returned to the LeBron James era in the region with respect to media coverage of a pro athlete.

Even with a restriction on national media, it’s a full house in Berea and the national press is represented with the Associated Press and ESPN, who went on air live with Bob Holtzman and their Browns beat reporter Pat McManamon, former Beacon Journal sportswriter.

If this is representative of what’s to come, hold on to your seats; the ride could be wild. 

Of note:  Former Ohio State linebacker Larry Grant is participating in minicamp.  

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