Raiders coach Dennis Allen says former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel just needs to keep himself in check off the field to have a successful career in the NFL.
Allen, an A&M safety in the 1990s, attended Manziel’s Pro Day today and liked what he saw, telling the Houston Chronicle that Manziel’s arm strength is “well above average.” But Allen acknowledged that there are some questions about Manziel off the field.
“The biggest thing you have to look at with Johnny, it’s really not as much what you see on the field, but all the other things surrounding him – the media attention, the ‘celebrity’ of Johnny Manziel,” Allen said. “Those are all things, as he continues to mature, that he’ll be able to handle. And if he’s able to handle those things and keep them under control, he’s going to have a successful career.”
There were questions about Manziel off the field throughout his college career, but the talk that he’s a poor fit for an NFL offense seems to be going away. As Manziel showed in an impressive pro day workout, he can make every throw.