The Browns’ emphasis on Johnny Manziel entering training camp as a backup has not gone unnoticed by Manziel himself.
Manziel said at the Browns’ rookie minicamp today that he realizes nothing is going to be handed to him, and he needs to prove he belongs before he’ll be Cleveland’s starting quarterback.
“I’m a rookie,” Manziel said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I need to earn my place. I need to earn my keep. I don’t need to be treated based off what I did in the past because that doesn’t mean a thing at this level. I was completely OK with hearing that from everybody. I don’t want to come in and have anything handed to me that I don’t deserve.”
Manziel said he’s eager to show the teams that passed on him what they’re missing.
“I got passed up 21 times, so that says something,” Manziel said. “Getting passed up 21 times is never fun and obviously some of those teams weren’t going to take quarterbacks and we knew that going into it, but still, it’s even humbling to be the second quarterback off the board, so for them to come in and say that, I don’t think I need to be humbled. I realize where I’m at in this organization and what I need to be doing, and that’s all I’m really focused on.”
Manziel added of Cleveland fans, “They’re tired of losing. They’re tired of not having success.” Manziel may be a backup now, but his job will be to change Cleveland’s fortunes, as the starter.