Johnny Manziel is hell bent on making sure that his first NFL start on Sunday for the Cleveland Browns is not his last. Manziel has been accused in the past of slacking off and having way too much fun, but after it was announced this week that he would be starting against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Manziel got down to business.
According to reports, following the decision from Browns' head coach Mike Pettine to install Manziel as the number one QB in Cleveland, the dual-threat signal caller made the decision to forgo his day off in a bid to make sure he is fully prepared for the Bengals on Sunday.
NFL insider Albert Breer was the man to break the news that Manziel decided to work his day off, with Mike Pettine revealing to Breer that Johnny Football worked his day off rather than going to see the Cavs.
Manziel has been outstanding in practice, and that fact with the poor play of Brian Hoyer has led to the decision by Mike Pettine. Pettine spoke this week about why he made his decision, and although he doesn't expect miracles from Manziel, he does admit that everyone in Cleveland is seeing Manziel in a "new light" now that he's taken the reigns.
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“I know a lot of people were looking for him at the Cavs game (on Tuesday, Manziel's day off),” Pettine said. “He was here.”
“I’ve seen him at practice. We got a small taste of it in Buffalo. Hard to predict what’s going to happen when the ball’s kicked off. You can only see so much practice, so much in preseason. There’s no substitute for live game reps.”
It's highly likely that Manziel's first NFL start on Sunday will be somewhat of a letdown. When you consider all the hype that has surrounded him for the last couple of years, it's hard to imagine him living up to that in his first start. However, Manziel is known as a player that learns quickly and he may just be the spark that the Browns need to make the post-season.
Watch this space.