Johnny Football is playing the role of Johnny Good Teammate with recent remarks that he’s not ready to start the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers, “Right now.”
Manziel made the comments following practice Saturday, via Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot.
“I don’t think I’m ready for Pittsburgh right now. I’ve only played one game, but the more and more you see it, the more you get familiar with it, the better it will be..”
Manziel later clarified his statement:
“I don’t want that taken out of context, it’s just right now in my second preseason game, I’m not ready to go out and start Week 1 because there’s a lot of time left until that point. For me, there’s plenty of weeks left to learn to get adapted to the speed and then if I was the starter for Pittsburgh in Week 1 you have to be ready. It’s Week 1, it’s the opening week of the season and it’s a big game.”
The former Heisman winners said he still believes he can beat out Hoyer for the starting job, but he showed humbleness by admitting he’s not ready. He still showed he’s a competitor, but is playing the role of a good teammate, because it appears Brian Hoyer will start the season, with the news that he’ll start Monday night against Robert Griffin and the Redskins.
Manziel also shared that he isn’t disappointed going into the game as the back-up.
“I’m taking it with the same approach I’ve had the past three weeks of camp…I like this game Monday night as my second game that I’ve got to play in my career and it’s a game where I need to go out and move the ball down the field.”