Johnny Manziel told to ‘act like a backup’

Manziel to compete for starting job: It became well known that Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was a fan of Johnny Manziel. But now that Manziel is in Cleveland, he won’t just walk into a starting job. The team owner has said he’s told the Heisman Trophy winner to act “like a backup quarterback.” That echoes the sentiments of head coach Mike Pettine, who said Brian Hoyer was likely to be the team’s starter when the season opened. This wouldn’t be the first time a coach said one thing and did another, but until further notice, it’s probably best to consider Hoyer as the man who will be under center in Week 1.

Texans could still trade for Mallett: All throughout the draft, most observers were waiting for the Houston Texans to draft a quarterback. Most of those observers were underwhelmed when Houston selected Tom Savage in the fourth round. But the team might not be finished in its search for a quarterback. The rumors persist that the Texans are interested in swinging a deal with the New England Patriots for Ryan Mallett. Mallett and Houston coach Bill O’Brien worked together briefly with the Patriots before the coach took over at Penn State. As things currently stand, Ryan Fitzpatrick is slated to be the starter but if Mallett comes to H-Town, that could all change.

Cardinals release Williams: The Ryan Williams experiment is over in Arizona. The Cardinals drafted the running back in the second round back in 2011, but injuries have limited him to just five games in three seasons. As such, the former Virginia Tech star has been released. That creates some room in the Arizona backfield. There’s little doubt that Andre Ellington will be the lead back for Bruce Arians’ team, but it could open an opportunity for Stepfan Taylor to see more touches. Last season, the rookie carried the ball just 36 times — that’s a number that’s likely to increase in 2014.

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