2014 NFL: 10 Things To Watch For In Preseason Week 3

By David Levin
August 20, 2014 9:04 am
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Oops! He did it again. Can we as fans get through a week in the offseason or preseason without some gigantic news about Johnny Manziel that is not related to him doing something positive on the playing field. Monday night may have been the topping on the cake.

According to multiple sources, including ESPN.com, Manziel was caught by a camera man giving the Washington Redskins bench the one-finger salute during the evening’s game.

Manziel extended his middle finger toward the Washington Redskins bench after a third-quarter incompletion during Monday night's 24-23 preseason loss.

Manziel flipped the bird toward the Redskins after the play that unfolded in front of Washington's bench.

Manziel said he had "words exchanged" with the Redskins and that he should have been smarter.

"I felt like I did a good job of holding my composure throughout the night, and you have a lapse of judgment and slip up," Johnny Manziel said of his middle finger to the Redskins in the third quarter.

"I felt like I did a good job of holding my composure throughout the night, and you have a lapse of judgment and slip up," Manziel said. 

That slip up, along with his high-profile lifestyle, his trips to Las Vegas and his pictures of him partying with the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Justin Bieber have been the stuff of legend and of constant conversation since May. Now this incident will be the talk of the week and add to the many questions of whether this rookie can show enough good judgment to lead the Browns this season.

Manziel was not penalized, though he could have been for unsportsmanlike conduct or taunting.

The NFL no doubt will review the tape, and Manziel will be subject to an $11,025 fine. He can appeal his first fine, and it can be limited to 25 percent of a weekly check of close to $6,200.

"It did not sit well," Browns coach Mike Pettine said. "I was informed of it after the game and it's disappointing. Because what we talk about is being poised and being focused -- that you have to be able to maintain your poise."

The gesture occurred with 2:28 left in the third quarter.

That is just one of the things that will be the talk of this third week of the NFL preseason. Here are nine other topics we should all pay attention to.

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