LANDOVER, Md. – Johnny Manziel didn’t have much of a preseason game for the Cleveland Browns on Monday, but he did exhibit his trademark bravado when he held up his middle finger at the Washington Redskins' bench after a third quarter incompletion.
It came just moments after Manziel eluded a pass rush by scrambling toward Washington's sideline and fired an incompletion. Perhaps hearing heckling from the sideline, he responded by holding his middle finger aloft over his shoulder as he ran quietly back to the huddle.
The sign was seen clearly on ESPN’s broadcast of the game.
Manziel finished just 7-of-16 for 65 yards passing in a game that hardly established him as the breakout starter for the Browns. He managed an early fourth-quarter touchdown, an 8-yard pass to Dion Lewis, but was sacked three times and had a number of poorly thrown balls.
Manziel was on the receiving end of some antics too. Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo heckled him after Manziel got sacked in the first quarter, doing Manziel’s signature "money" sign.
The best news for Johnny Football was his competition for the starting spot, Brian Hoyer, was perhaps even more listless, going just 2-for-6 for 16 yards and one sack taken. Overall, the Browns' offense was weak and self-destructive.
If nothing else, on a frustrating night, Manziel found a way to vent.