Johnny Manziel may be a Heisman Award winner as well as a first round draft pick, but the much-talked about quarterback is struggling in his start to life with the Cleveland Browns.
According to Jason Gibbs of ESPN Cleveland, who has charted all of Manziel's plays in week one of the Browns training camp, Manziel has completed less than 50% of the passes that he has attempted from under center, an incredibly poor 42 out of 85.
From ESPNCleveland's report:
"The numbers tabulated each day by ESPNCleveland’s Jason Gibbs have not been pretty. Gibbs has charted all plays in 7 on 7 and team drills. Unofficially, Manziel has completed 42 of 85 passes (49.4 percent). He has been “sacked” two times officially.
Two other obvious sacks were waved off and resulted in Manziel interceptions. There has been one other interception, four keeper runs by Manziel and three plays aborted by general confusion. Manziel’s only touchdown pass came on a little flip to fullback Ray Agnew off a bootleg."
These stats really do not make for good reading and only gives more credence and fire power to Johnny Football's detractors, who love to cite just how much Manziel is out drinking every weekend in Las Vegas and the like.
Manziel was never guaranteed to be the starting quarterback come week one, but the way that things are going right now it looks like you can pretty much bet your house on Brian Hoyer leading the Browns offense.
Whilst Cleveland fans see Money Manziel being the saviour of the franchise and it's future star, the rookie is struggling in his move from college ball to the pros. It's way too early to talk about Manziel's ability and future in the NFL, but it's not premature to suggest he'll be warming the bench against the Pittsburgh Steelers in September.