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Browns coach calls EJ Manuel 'extremely dangerous'

By Tim Graham

The Cleveland Browns have a couple quarterbacks now.

But it's safe to assume their front office isn't sufficiently comfortable with either Brian Hoyer or Brandon Weeden as their franchise quarterback.

The Browns welcomed EJ Manuel for a predraft visit and attended his workout at Florida State but drafted Louisiana State pass-rusher Barkevious Mingo sixth overall.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski, while previewing Thursday night's game against the Buffalo Bills, was asked why the Browns didn't select Manuel.

"It was tough," Chudzinski said. "He was very impressive on his visit. There was a chance, a couple times, to spend time with him.

"He's a guy who has a bright future. You knew it then. Those are always tough decisions. We just felt like where we were at, picking Barkevious was our best choice at that time."

The Bills drafted Manuel 16th overall. He has completed 57 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and three interceptions.

Manuel also has been running more as his left knee recovers from meniscus surgery. He ran three times on opening day, four times in Week Two, six times in Week Three and 11 times in Sunday's victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

"He's extremely dangerous," Chudzinski said. "Obviously, he can run and make plays, extend plays. He's accurate.

"He really was an intriguing and impressive guy coming out, and all of the things off the field from a leadership standpoint, the type of person he is, were very impressive."


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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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