Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel had a rough first season, but has since apologized and taken the necessary steps to move forward.
Despite Manziel’s fall from the start of last season, owner Jimmy Haslam wants the world to know the organization has faith in “Johnny Football,” per Cleveland.com:
“Despite what everybody reads and says, we’ve not at all given up on Johnny (Manziel),” Haslam said at Browns training camp Saturday. “We think he has the potential to be a good football player. Now, having the potential and doing it are two different things, but I think we’ve said numerous times that you’re not going to win consistently in this league without a good quarterback and we’re trying to make that happen.”
As for Manziel, he’s a sophomore in the NFL, but he’s still incredibly young, which makes Haslam and the Browns confident he can develop:
“I think it’s important — everybody forgets he’s barely 22 years old,” said Haslam. “He’s still young, so I think over the next couple of years we’ve got to see if Johnny can be a legitimate quarterback or not. I don’t want to put too much pressure on him or our coaches to say it has to happen this year.”
How Manziel deals with off-the-field issues, and potentially being stuck behind Josh McCown will be telling as to what kind of NFL player he can develop into.