Johnny Manziel’s NFL debut was chaotic to say the least. The Cleveland Browns rookie was erratic and uncomfortable against the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday as he endured arguably one of the worst debuts in NFL history.
Manziel completed 10 of 18 passes for only 80 yards. Furthermore, the 21-year-old was intercepted twice on two horrific plays, while the Browns quarterback was sacked three times after holding the ball for too long.
The performance was so bad that it has now compelled NFL Films football expert Greg Cosell to rip into Manziel’s football playing ability. Specifically, it’s Manziel’s lack of ability in the pocket that concerns Cosell, with the veteran explaining that the young QB currently possesses no pocket presence whatsoever.
"The problem is Manziel didn't want to stay in the pocket," NFL Films guru Greg Cosell told Yahoo Sports. "He lacks any feel for the pocket, has almost no pocket patience and discipline and is very quick to move and play what I call 'random football' outside of the structure of the offense."
This type of criticism is almost like the kiss of death for Manziel; with NFL Draft expert Mike Mayock revealing that Manziel will have to seriously improve in this area if he’s to become a successful NFL player.
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Manziel has a lot of improvement to make
"The only athletic quarterbacks that survive in the NFL are the ones that learn how to win from within the pocket," Mayock explained on NFL NOW.
Cosell added that he feels Manziel still has time to try and overcome his deficiencies, but that the diminutive QB has a long road due to the issues in his game at present.
"Can he get there with experience? Maybe," Cosell added. "But he has a lot to overcome to be a high-level NFL quarterback. He's a small quarterback with average arm strength and almost no pocket skills and discipline at this point."