The fourth preseason game was taylor-made for Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel. He didn’t have the pressure of starting and was going up against second and third-string Chicago Bear defenders. Johnny Football could play the sandlot type of ball that made him so popular at Texas A & M, and he didn’t disappoint.
Manziel threw a TD pass and put points on the board before the end of the first half. He also added some electrifying plays–especially with this legs. Manziel ended up rushing for 55 yards on four carries with a long of 22 yards.
There were bright spots, but also moments of doubt as to whether this can can actually have sustained success in the NFL, because through the air, he was 6-of-17 for 83 yards.
Just ask Travis Benjamin, who will probably have nightmares about waiting for this Manziel dying-duck to finally reach its destination.
First-round quarterbacks should probably throw a better deep ball, especially when your receiver is wide open. Maybe if President George H.W. Bush was in attendance, as he was at Johnny’s pro day, Manziel would’ve connected.
Wide receiver Charles Johnson can join Benjamin for drinks and talk about be “Johnnied” after Manziel missed him high, which resulted in another clock cleaning.
This criticism may be a liittle too harsh on Johnny, but he’s got to take better care of his receivers, because the position is already so depleted.
Johnny did make some good throws, including this nice TD pass to tight end Jim Dray in the back of the end zone.
And because his scrambling can be a thing a beauty, this run and throw flat out crushed.
The Browns won’t play again until Sept. 4, when the season begins at Pittsburgh. Mike Pettine has flip-flopped on whether there could be a “Johnny Package.” If there’s not, it’s a mistake. His legs are an asset, and for a team that needs offensive playmakers, it’d be a waste to keep Manziel’s talents harnessed on the sidelines.
What do you think, would the Browns be foolish not to use a “Johnny Package” against the Steelers?