“It was good to be back on the field,” Manziel told a gaggle of reporters on the field immediately following the game. “I’m frustrated right now. First quarter was short, being in there. But nevertheless, I mean, on the field with two minutes left to win the game… I’m pissed right now. Trying to shake it off a little bit.
“It’s our first game. We shot ourselves with mistakes. I mean, we practiced a lot, a lot of stuff this week. But I mean it’s a showcase game. It’s a quick two-week, two-game spring league. So as frustrated as I am now, I made it through the two quarters that I did play. I’m healthy. Had fun. I had fun nonetheless. The touchdown in the first quarter was fun. But it’s just a sour, sour taste right now.”
After the game, Manziel was irked by the result, but pleased that he was back playing football.
It was unfathomable a couple seasons ago to think Mathieu would be cleaning up on the back end of the same defense as J.J. Watt. Mathieu gets a “prove it again” deal and perfectly fits Houston’s need for a roaming corner/safety hybrid who can shore up the nickel and dime coverage while also helping fill against the run. The only question is durability.
Is Taylor the splashiest veteran Cleveland could have added? No. Is he a long-term solution? Probably not. But he’s the type of stable, efficient QB they can use right now. Taylor also is a cheap pocket holder for the franchise QB the Browns are bound to draft, and he can win some games to make them a lot more respectable in the meantime. He also has a big arm and athleticism, two attributes that can work well for Todd Haley.
Miami broke the 3-3 tie with three runs against Phillies’ relievers Luis Garcia and Adam Morgan in the eighth. Garcia (0-1) hit Miguel Rojas with a pitch to start the inning and walked Starlin Castro before Morgan gave up a one-out, two-run double to Brian Anderson and Bryan Holaday’s two-out RBI hit.
Arrieta pitched into some bad luck in the first.
After inducing a groundout from Derek Dietrich, the first batter he faced, Arrieta gave up a home run to Miguel Rojas.
Starlin Castro walked and Justin Bour’s tailor-made double play ball ended up an infield single because shortstop J.P. Crawford was shifted to the right side of the second-base bag.