Johnny Manziel has had his fair share of critics over the last 12 months. Ever since he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, experts have been at the ready to criticise and belittle the promising quarterback.
In all fairness, Manziel has helped his critics out by failing to learn the Browns' playbook and finding himself in a situation where rehab is the only answer. When Manziel took to the field during the last campaign, he looked unprepared, which could well be attributed to his lifestyle off the field. His fans will hope that a stint in rehab has cured those ills, but only time will tell.
One player who was very critical of Manziel last month was his teammate Joe Thomas. The Browns left tackle told the media in March that Manziel had lost the trust of his teammates following his antics last year, however, his opinion has changed now.
Rather than hating on the young quarterback, Thomas had kinder words for Manziel in an interview on Wednesday. Thomas explained that he has seen a drastically noticeable change in Manziel's attitude since the back end of the 2014 season, and he hopes the positive vibes continue.
“Towards the end of the season, even when he wasn’t there, obviously, missing meetings and practice and things like that, it’s just little things, and when you’re a quarterback it’s the little things that are the most important,” Thomas said on NFL Network, ProFootballTalk.
“I think those were the things that were apparent by the end of the year, and I think he saw them in himself based on the things that he said right after the season and the steps and the actions that he took in January, February and March.
"To see the guy in the building right now is night and day from where he was last year in his commitment, and I think he has a bright future ahead of him.”
It remains to be seen whether or not Manziel continues this trend. What kind of season do you think Manziel will enjoy or endure in 2015? Leave your thoughts in the comments box below.
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