Extra Points: Pettine, Mack, Weems, Manziel

New Browns coach Mike Pettine says he’s ready to “fight” his way out of two decades of losing, writes Tom Reed of the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Pettine believes the difference between finishing 6-10 and 10-6 is often how a team handles two-minute drills, performs on third downs, and plays in the red zone. “We are going to over practice in these areas,” he said. More from around the NFL..

  • Ryan O’Halloran of The Florida-Times Union discusses the Jaguars‘ pursuit of Browns center Alex Mack. O’Halloran notes that Jacksonville considers center the third-most important position on the offense after quarterback and left tackle and wanted to acquire an experienced player. With that kind of importance placed on the center position, one has to wonder why the Jags didn’t make their offer harder for the Browns to match.
  • One motivating factor for Eric Weems remaining with the Bears is that he believes he will have good chance to make an impact in the return game, tweets Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. Earlier tonight we learned that Weems took a $270K paycut to stay with Chicago.
  • The Texans should make Johnny Manziel their No. 1 pick, opines Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union Tribune. Roger Staubach has compared Manziel to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Canepa notes that Johnny Football is even more athletic than the Super Bowl champion.
  • Towson running back Terrance West took to Twitter to announce that he’ll have a workout with the Ravens on Monday. We heard earlier today that the tailback was impressive during his Pro Day and appeared to solidify himself as a fourth-round pick.
  • Losing nickel corner Corey Graham to the Bills in free agency could hurt the Ravens, so they may not wait long to draft a replacement, writes Clifton Brown of CSNBaltimore.com. It’s hard to see Baltimore drafting a corner in the first round over their needs at right tackle and safety, but there are some cornerbacks that could interest them in the second round, including Stanley Jean-Baptiste of Nebraska, Larmarcus Joyner of Florida State, and Keith McGill of Utah.
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