Johnny Manziel’s lackluster performance Saturday in his Spring League debut evidently did little to deter NFL teams from keeping tabs on the free agent quarterback.
Manziel, a former first-round pick who hasn’t played in an NFL game since the 2015 season, was just OK on Saturday, completing 9 of 15 passes for 82 yards with a touchdown. But according to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, some NFL executives still are enamored of Manziel’s “potential,” perhaps envisioning the days of him thriving at Texas A&M en route to the 2012 Heisman Trophy.
Lewis was a feature back for New England down the stretch in 2017, but he got good money to go back to being more of a complementary passing game option in Tennessee. Imagine Lewis and third-year bruiser Derrick Henry as the lightning and (then the) thunder of the Titans. Marcus Mariota will love throwing to Lewis, too, as Matt LaFleur installs his version of the West Coast offense.
Landry supplements Duke Johnson Jr. and tight end David Njoku in the short passing game, and he also can play well off Josh Gordon running deeper routes. He’s the tough, reliable slot receiver the Browns have been missing since the best days of Andrew Hawkins. Landry should immediately be the go-to guy for Taylor; the only question is whether he’s too pricey for his specific role.
That marks Collins’ fourth suspension. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season, then suspended for the first 10 games of the 2017 season, then suspended four more games in 2017.
Bird admitted on Sunday that he wasn’t being truthful this spring when he was telling everyone that he felt great. He now says that his ankle was affecting his swing “a hundred percent” because “you can’t rotate. You need your body. You need your lower half, especially to hit.
“Good hitters hit with their lower half. That’s it. The problem I was having, not only was it that, but it starts to go up the whole chain. And that’s an issue. Everything else. There’s just no point (trying to play) at that point.”
Bird can’t wait to return. He’ll make a little more progress on Monday when he gets his stitches out. Once his foot is completely healed, he’ll resume baseball activities.
His hope is to begin a minor-league assignment sometime by mid-May, then be off the DL and playing for the Yankees before June.