As training camp begins, Browns fans begin to anxiously count down the days until our much anticipated week one matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, long before the position battles started, Cleveland was already excited for this year of action-packed football to begin. With the 22nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected hot-shot quarterback Johnny Manziel, a miracle worker out on the football field.
In drafting Manziel, the front office knew they were receiving a package deal. Part one includes the talented player on the field, but part two, the unattractive side, is Johnny’s crazy off the field life that includes rambunctious parties and heavy, documented drinking.
The question of “Is Johnny Manziel picking his nose right?” is a mockery of how both the local and nation media micro-manage this kid’s private life.
No matter what you do or what you say, Johnny Manziel is going to do what Johnny Manziel wants to do. Sorry, but his 37 touchdowns and 4,114 yards passing at Texas A&M is enough for me to be sold on the talented rookie.
In no way am I advocating for Johnny’s party-it-up lifestyle. What I’m trying to get across is that there’s nothing we can do about it. Hell, I’d rather the kid lock himself at home studying tape 24/7…but that’s not realistic in his case.
When you take a second to think about it, Johnny Manziel hasn’t even played a down of professional football, yet he is one of the most highly talked about players in the game. Let the kid take a couple snaps in his #2 Browns uniform, even if it’s just preseason. If he struggles, maybe then it’s time to point the finger at how his time is spent. For now, let him be.
For the sake of the Cleveland Browns, we all should be excited about the versatility Manziel’s skill set brings to the team’s offense. He is a truly phenomenal player that has the ability to turn nothing into something, a blown play into a first down, a loss into a gain.
Focus on that.
Is Johnny Manziel picking his nose right, or should we simply stop nitpicking this young talent’s every move?
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