Players show up late for meetings. It happens.
But the timing wasn't ideal for Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel to do it.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on "Monday Night Countdown" that Manziel was a few minutes late to a team meeting on Monday (h/t to Rotoworld). He reported that Manziel and other rookies misread the schedule and were late, and Mortensen said he believes Manziel was fined. No big whoop, in the grand scheme, but it can't be a terribly good impression as Manziel inches toward a starting job.
Manziel won't start in Cleveland's second preseason game, next Monday at Washington, despite an NFL Network report that said he would. It's doubtful that being a little late to a team meeting had anything to do with the team tabbing Brian Hoyer for the start, but it probably didn't make the Browns regret the choice to give Hoyer a second straight start. With all the attention given to Manziel's various habits off the field, there has been very little talk of him being anything but a model teammate inside the team's facility. He doesn't want people starting to question if he's mature enough during business hours, too.
Manziel was coming off a promising preseason debut last Saturday at Detroit. He still has plenty of time to win the starting job, and Browns coach Mike Pettine has said both will work with the starters in the second preseason game. Manziel is clearly far more talented than Hoyer, who had a solid game against the Lions. One would assume the Browns would love it if the rookie with the much higher upside gave them every reason to make him the Week 1 starter.
In that case, Manziel might want to make sure he reads the meeting schedule a little closer from here on out.
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