Johnny Manziel KHOU
Johnny Manziel clearly wasn't too amused with the players on the Washington bench Monday night.
After throwing an incomplete pass near the Washington sideline late in the third quarter, Manziel raised a middle finger as he jogged back to the Cleveland huddle. The gesture was clearly captured by ESPN's cameras.
Manziel said after the game he should have been smarter, calling the moment a "lapse of judgment."
Manziel threw his first NFL touchdown pass later on the drive, but expect Manziel's middle finger to generate as much buzz as that fourth-quarter pass.
Browns coach Mike Pettine, for one, wasn't pleased with the move.
"It doesn't sit well. I was informed of it after the game and it's disappointing," Pettine said. "Because what we talk about is being poised and being focused – that you have to be able to maintain your poise."
Manziel created headlines all offseason with his off-field antics, but aside from an internal fine for being late to a meeting this month, Manziel has been mostly drama-free throughout the preseason.
This was a critical night for Manziel in his quest to win the Browns' starting quarterback job. One middle finger might not hurt that bid, but it won't help keep the conversation surrounding Manziel about football.