The battle between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel is strong at the moment. Manziel impressed against the Lions and many believe the young gun should be the Brown’s week one starter against the always rabid Pittsburgh Steelers.
Manziel, however, was signing a different tune when asked by the media on Saturday.
“I don’t think I’m ready for Pittsburgh right now,” Manziel told reporters on Saturday. “I’ve only played one game.”
But take these comments with a grain of salt, as Johnny “Football” went on to explain that, while he isn’t ready right now, he certainly can be by the time September 7th rolls around.
Manziel: I don’t think I’m ready for Pittsburgh right now. I don’t.
— Zac Jackson (@FSOhioZJackson) August 16, 2014
Manziel: I don’t want that taken out of context. I can get ready. Right now it’s second week of preseason.
— Zac Jackson (@FSOhioZJackson) August 16, 2014
So, just in case you thought Johnny was starting to get a little modest, the young signal caller made it abundantly clear that he has time and can prepare enough to be the Browns’ week one starter.
Manziel was 7-11 for 63 yards passing against the Detroit Lions during week one of the NFL’s preseason. He also showed off his ability to extend plays, rushing for 27 additional yards. The ability to bring that extra dimension is part of Johnny’s selling point.
Even Detroit Lions’ players are starting to voice concern about defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh. Suh, a known psychopath, has reportedly been overly-aggressive with teammates during practice.
Per Mike Florio of NBC Sports:
During Sunday’s pregame show on FOX, Jay Glazer reported that Lions teammates have concerns about defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s ability to play within the rules.
“Even in practice, Ndamukong gives guys the business,” Glazer said. “He’ll slam a guy’s head against the ground. He’ll stomp on a guy. He’ll take little shots at guys. And guys are concerned if he can’t control himself even in practice with us, how can he control himself against someone else’s jersey?”
Suh’s history has been well documented, from his now famous stomp on Thanksgiving, to his kick to the groin of Texans’ quarterback, Matt Schaub, or even his recent chop block to Vikings’ offensive lineman, John Sullivan. A play than not only cost Suh $100,000, but also cost the Lions a defensive touchdown. Sullivan had no shot at catching DeAndre Levy on the play, but Suh decided to hit the center with an illegal chop block anyways.
You have this incredibly talented defensive player, who can literally change the pace of an opposing offense by himself, and then you have this constant concern that Suh will pull an ignorant stunt at any moment. Head coach, Jim Schwartz, is rapidly approaching a tough decision with Ndamukong Suh. What happens when he hurts a vital piece to Detroit’s offensive attack during practice, all because the guy has no concept of what is right and what is wrong? What then, Jim?
Suh is currently looking down the barrel of a one-game suspension if he decides to go all Jack Nicholson from The Shining during a game again. The reality of the situation is Suh needs to figure it out, or face being banned from the league permanently.
The Detroit Lions have cut Norwegian Youtube sensation, and would-be NFL kicker, Havard “Kickalicious” Rugland on Tuesday morning, per Tim Twentyman.
The #Lions have released K Havard “Kickalicious” Rugland and CB DeQuan Menzie. They have three more cuts to make before 4 pm.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) August 27, 2013
Rugland, or “Kickalicious”, as he is affectionately referred to burst onto the scene a few months back with his sensational trick-kick video that has garnered close to $5 million hits via Youtube. In the video, Rugland displays incredible accuracy and focus, as well as a MONSTER boot. The video stretched far enough to reach NFL scouts, and eventually landing “Kickalicious” a spot on the Lions temporary roster.
The Lions lost longtime kicker, Jason Hanson this off season after Hanson decided to hang ‘em up after 21-seasons in the league with the Detroit Lions. Detroit also brought in veteran kicker, David Akers, and although Rugland was able to compete for a roster spot, the Lions ultimately chose the safe route and have went with Akers as their starter, leaving “Kickalicious” out in the cold.
This move doesn’t really come as much of a shock to most people. Akers was projected as the Lions’ starter pretty much since day one. Rugland certainly has talent, and could eventually find himself as a starting kicker someday, but for now, the 28-year old will have to seek employment elsewhere.
Detroit Lions safety, Louis Delmas, is no stranger to New England Patriots star QB, Tom Brady, and Louis had some praise to toss Tom’s way, referring to the Patriots/Lions week 3 preseason showdown in Detroit. Delmas was asked if facing Brady was fun.
“What? No!,” Delmas said. “He’s competitive and I’m competitive, but that dude there is like God on the field. My hat’s down to him. We’re going to go out there and play him as hard as we can, but once you try to get into a chess match with him, you might as well just put your table down.”
It’s nice to see a top caliber quarterback like Tom Brady receive so much respect from defensive players. Delmas seems like a standup guy, and one who has no delusions about the game, or Brady’s particular level of skill.
Lions S Louis Delmas, whose team plays New England tonight, on Pats QB Tom Brady: “That dude is like God on the field.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 22, 2013
Delmas and the Lions last faced Brady and the Patriots in a regular season game back in 2010 on Thanksigiving. The Lions were routed 45-24 and Brady shredded them through the air, connecting on 21 of 27 passes for 341 passing yards and 4 passing TD’s.
Delmas has been injured, but also plays a pretty crucial role for the Lions on defense while on the field. Detroit was able to re-sign Louis to a 2-year, $9.4 million deal after Delmas visited with the San Fransisco 49ers during the off season. Many thought Delmas would land in SF, but the money just wasn’t enough and Delmas re-signed with the team who drafted him.
The Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns faced off on Thursday night during week two of the NFL’s preseason action. The Browns imposed their will at home and walked away with a nice 24-6 victory over the visiting Lions.
There were a plethora of highlight plays, most of which were supplied by the Browns, but this hit on Browns’ running back, Trent Richardson, courtesy of Lions’ defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh, was certainly a play of the game.
Richardson breaks off a nice 8-yeard gain early in the first quarter, but is met at the sideline by the steam roller that is Ndamukong Suh. Suh makes a great defensive save to get on his horse and run down the ball carrier for the stop. Richardson, a known fan of contact, seems to take the hit in stride, as he bounces back to his feet and runs back towards the field of play. Just another day in the office for a tough running back like Richardson.
A positive sign for Detroit, as Suh shows off his athletic prowess, and manages to make the play without seeing a yellow flag.
These past 12 months have been tough for former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young. After holding no trade value, Young was cut by the Detroit Lions before signing with the Saint Louis Rams. Young’s time in Saint Louis was short and after 11 days he was cut from the team.
After being cut by two teams and multiple arrests, Young’s father told the media that he believes his son has a brain disorder.
With all of Young’s problems over the last 12 months, you have to wonder why the NFL or Detroit Lions did not try to get Young some help.
Apparently, the NFL did try to offer Young some help with his problems.
Eric Adelson of Yahoo! Sports reports that nearly 18 months before Young’s multiple arrests the NFL offered him help, which he declined.
“It was someone very, very close to him who was just concerned — really concerned,” Troy Vincent, the NFL’s senior vice president of player engagement, told Adelson. “Once we got the call, we sent someone out to meet with him.”
Vincent confirmed that his office “tried multiple times” to reach out to Young, who swatted them away each time.
“We were told he was not interested in support,” Vincent said. “We went to people very close to his center of influence, to reach out to see how we can support him. The response was of someone who is not open arms to being supported.”
The story of Titus Young is definitely one of the saddest stories this off-season.
It is hard to watch a once promising player spiral out of the league and into multiple arrests. Hopefully Young can find the help he needs to fix his life and learn from these past 12 months.