Johnny Manziel has not had the easiest of starts to his NFL career, to say the very least.
The Cleveland Browns spent a first round pick on the former Heisman winner and Manziel has not lived up to that billing at all. The quarterback managed to lose the starting job at the Browns by not even bothering to learn the playbook and then drinking and partying his way through the season.
Manziel took a big step and went to rehab, completing his treatment just a short time ago. But ever since leaving the facility, Manziel has been dogged by rumours that the Browns have been trying to trade him.
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Has A Chance
But, Manziel wasn't traded and remained with the Browns after leaving rehab and is apparently working hard to try and save his career and fulfill his undoubted potential.
It seems to be working, as Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine has come out and said that the former Texas A&M star and Heisman Winner still has the chance to become the Browns starting quarterback.
However, Pettine would go on to add that it's still likely that Josh McCown will be the Browns' starter come the first game of the season against the New York Jets on September 13th.
"I don't think anything's changed," Pettine said as he discussed the team three days before training camp opens.
"The repetitions will be handled that way with Josh as the 1. I wouldn't say I'm guaranteeing today that Josh McCown is going to be the starter against the Jets. A lot can happen in preseason."
Pettine said, though, that there is clear separation between McCown and Manziel because of McCown's 12 years in the league.
"From an experience standpoint, he [McCown] is that much further ahead," Pettine said.
Whilst it doesn't seem like a lot on the face of it, the fact that the Browns are giving Manziel another chance is a big deal. And if his off-season work with Jon Gruden had a benefit then who knows what could happen.