Manziel solid in debut, Browns fall to Lions


First Posted: 8/10/2014

DETROIT — Johnny Manziel took off up the middle, slipping between a couple defensive linemen and racing through the open field.

Then — perhaps most importantly — he finished the 16-yard run with a smooth, feet-first slide across the turf at Ford Field.

“The times I did take off, I felt like I got out of bounds, slid, and tried to protect myself in the best way that I could,” Manziel said. “I feel fine.”

Manziel showed off some of his fancy footwork, and the Cleveland rookie looked sharp with his arm too in his preseason debut, although the Browns lost to the Detroit Lions 13-12 on Saturday night.

Manziel entered the game as a backup in the middle of the second quarter. He couldn’t take his team to the end zone, but he looked poised while directing the offense.

One of the biggest questions facing Manziel is how much he can afford to tuck the ball in and run with it. He was quick to scramble Saturday, but he never looked reckless or out of control.

“It was a good start,” he said. “You have to start somewhere and set a foundation. I got my feet wet, got my first preseason game under my belt.”

Manziel went 7 of 11 for 63 yards, completing one more pass than starting quarterback Brian Hoyer. Manziel also ran for 27 yards on six carries.

Hoyer went 6 of 14 for 92 yards. Coach Mike Pettine said no decision has been made about who will start Cleveland’s next preseason game.

“They both did some things more suited to their skill set,” Pettine said. “I think Brian was high on a couple throws. I think he would want those back, and he threw a couple other nice balls in there. Then I thought Johnny did some nice things from the pocket, and when he got out, he created a little bit as well.”

Matthew Stafford led the Lions to a field goal on his only drive of the game. Star receiver Calvin Johnson didn’t play.

Cleveland receiver Nate Burleson, who played in Detroit the last four seasons, also sat out this game.

Mike Lackey receives

national Ritter award

HOUSTON — Former Lima News columnist Mike Lackey recently received The Larry Ritter Book Award for his book, Spitballing: The Baseball Days of Long Bob Ewing. Lackey received the award at the SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) convention in Houston.

The award is given annually for the best book of the year about the dead-ball era. It is named in honor of Lawrence S. Ritter, author of The Glory of Their Times.

Lackey will be signing his book at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Auglaize County District Public Library, 203 S. Perry St., in Wapakoneta.

Garrett Black named

NECBL All-Star

Garrett Black (Ohio U./Shawnee High School) played baseball for the Valley Blue Sox (Holyoke, Mass.) this summer in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) . The former Locos infielder was named the starting shortstop in the recent NECBL All-Star game.

He was then asked to play for the Orleans (Mass.) Firebirds in the Cape Cod League the last week of the season and for the playoffs. Orleans finished first in its division during the regular season.

Kazee hits ace

at Pike Run

OTTAWA — Derek Kazee of Dayton had a hole-in-one during a family outing at Pike Run Golf Club.

Kazee got his ace on No. 12 from 165 yards out using an 8-iron.

Joseph rejoins Vikings after shooting

MANKATO, Minn. — Defensive tackle Linval Joseph has rejoined the Minnesota Vikings after being shot in the leg at a bar, and he is expected to recover in time for the start of the regular season.

Joseph took part in meetings Sunday morning, but he probably will be held out of practice for the next week or two.

General manager Rick Spielman says an examination by the team’s medical staff of the wound around Joseph’s calf revealed no cause for concern. In a statement distributed by the Vikings, Joseph says he’s “extremely thankful” the injury was minor.