Johnny Manziel jerseys continue to sell off the hooks ever since he was drafted in May. But right now on the Cleveland Browns on the depth chart Brian Hoyer, is the starting quarterback.
Brown’s head coach Mike Pettine has gone on the record saying Hoyer is “securely ahead” but also stated the lead is not “insurmountable”.
It’s still very early, for Manziel to catch and overtake Hoyer by the time the season begins.
But the task might not be as easy for Johnny football as some may think. Hoyer is coming off a knee surgery so he has not been at full strength so far and should get better as he gets healthier.
We all know the Cleveland fans want to see Johnny Football, as soon as he was drafted season tickets were a hot item an the fans were excited again about football in Cleveland.
For the Manziel the spotlight is nothing new. Where ever he goes it just continues to follow him. From winning the Heisman, to being involved in a few scandals while still attending the Texas A&M University, to dropping late in the draft after he thought he should be number one, and from in the headlines from taking Las Vegas trips instead of studying the playbook.
The message out of camp after the OTA’s Manziel has showed some signs of greatness he showed in College that lead he to becoming the youngest Heisman trophy winner, but he also has had some of the “lost rookie” moments. That is all expected though, the NFL is a totally different game than college and there is a lot to learn.
Skills alone will not make you successful in the NFL, you must also be a student of the game and work hard to better every day. If you look around the NFL and see the one thing the top quarterbacks have in common in the work ethic a film study that comes with being a NFL great.
This will be a close race until the season starts and will have everyone’s attention. Coach Pettine plans to use both quarterbacks with the first string offense during the preseason games to see how they work with the other starters.
No doubt in anyone’s mind if Hoyer is named the starter and gets off to a slow start the fans will be calling for Johnny Football to come and save the day.
Will he be able to bring the same magic we saw in college to the NFL? Only time will tell…
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