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Johnny Football Struggles, Connor Shaw Shines




The Cleveland Browns haven’t had a decent quarterback since Bernie Kosar.  And if you’re wondering how long ago that was, the Browns actually left Cleveland (becoming the Baltimore Ravens) … and then returned as an expansion team since Kosar ran their offense.

That’s right … it’s a whole new franchise.

The Browns’ “quarterback of the future?”  Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M – who was selected by the team with the 22nd pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Manziel isn’t off to the hottest of starts, though.  He completed just 7 of 16 passes against the lowly Washington Redskins in a preseason game on Monday night – struggling to find open receivers and getting sacked three times (it turns out they play defense in the NFL, unlike at Duke, UTEP, Sam Houston State, Rice, SMU, etc.).

Not only did he stink up the field, a frustrated “Johnny Football” let his emotions get the best of him – flipping off the Redskins’ bench during the third quarter of the Browns 24-23 loss.

By contrast, former University of South Carolina star Connor Shaw looked sharp in his first preseason action.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound rookie – signed as an undrafted free agent – completed eight of nine passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.  Shaw also ran the ball twice for nine yards.

The highlight of his night?  This “Hail Mary” touchdown pass to wide receiver Emmanuel Ogbuehi

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Nice …

And before anybody says Shaw got lucky, let’s rewind the clock to this play …

NFL analysts continue to refer to Shaw as a “career backup,” a benchwarmer who provides teams with “situational value.”

We’re not buying that …

“Expect him to prove his doubters wrong once again,” we wrote of Shaw just prior to the 2014 draft.

Looks like he’s already doing just that …