Johnny Manziel and Cam Erving were the most penalized players at their positions in the AFC North in 2015.
That's not good, especially for guys who did not play full time.
They were the two of four Cleveland Browns on the "AFC North All-Penalty Team," the players in the division with the most penalties at their positions. The list was compiled by my colleague in Baltimore, Jamison Hensley.
Manziel topped the quarterbacks, Erving the right guards. Gary Barnidge tied at tight end and Duke Johnson led the running backs.
Manziel was flagged five times, Erving the same.
The study takes into consideration flags thrown, but not necessarily accepted.
Manziel was flagged for delay of game twice, a false start, intentional grounding and an illegal forward pass. Three of the five stalled drives.
All five of Erving's penalties were for holding. Three stalled drives, one cost the Browns a touchdown.
Both players led the AFC North despite not being on the field for half of the team's snaps. Manziel had 39.6 percent of the plays, Erving 38.4 percent. Barnidge also had five penalties but was on the field for 85 percent of the offensive plays.
The most penalized Brown was Johnson Bademosi, a reflection of the fact the Browns had one of the league's best special teams players in a safety who moved to cornerback. Five of his nine penalties came on defense, four on special teams.
In terms of yardage, the most penalized Brown was cornerback Tramon Williams -- flagged eight times for 136 yards. Three of the calls against Williams were for pass interference, for 29, 38 and 40 yards.
Pro Bowler Joe Thomas was flagged six times, five for false starts. Fellow offensive lineman Mitch Schwartz had the same number of penalties.
The most penalized Browns in terms of number of flags: Bademosi (nine), Williams (eight), guard Joel Bitonio (seven), Thomas (six), Schwartz (six), Erving (five), center Alex Mack (five), Barnidge (five), linebacker Barkevious Mingo (five), Manziel (five) and linebacker Paul Kruger (five).
In terms of yards, Williams was flagged of 136 yards, Bademosi for 97, Bitonio for 60, Erving for 50, and Mack for 45.