Herm Edwards blasts Browns’ approach to handling Manziel

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The Cleveland Browns are going about it all wrong in their handling of newly acquired QB Johnny Manziel, according to former NFL coach Herm Edwards.

And it’s only been a week since they drafted him. Can’t wait for the start of the season…

“We don’t know he’s a backup. Who said he has to be the backup? If you draft a player to be a backup, why did you draft him?” Edwards asked, via USA TODAY Sports. “You’re drafting a guy because you think he’s worthy of being drafted at that spot, but you’re also drafting him because you think he can compete.”

“If you’re going to say, ‘This guy’s a backup,’ — really? That doesn’t make any sense to me. It just comes off bad.  No one wants to hear that. If you’re a fan, you’re going, ‘He’s the backup? Why’s he the backup?’ ”

“For me — if it’s close — you start the kid. I get that you should try to sit him down like Aaron Rodgers, but that’s a different situation,” Edwards said, referencing the Green Bay Packers’ 2005 first rounder, who sat behind Brett Favre for three years… I think Brian Hoyer is a good quarterback. But I think, if it’s close, Johnny Manziel – you play him, and you don’t worry about it.”

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