Johnny Manziel turns in mediocre performance in Spring League game

AP

Johnny Manziel has returned to the football field, but he’s a long way from a return to the NFL.

Manziel completed nine of 15 passes for 82 yards with one touchdown and three sacks in his first game for The Spring League, a minor league that Manziel is hoping will showcase his talent to NFL scouts.

After the game, Manziel admitted that his team’s offense was sloppy at times but said he was glad to be playing football again.

It’s disappointing, some of the things that happened,” he told ESPN, “but nevertheless, it’s a huge step for me. I put pads back on. A lot of people wrote me off just to even get to this point. I’m definitely emotional about it. I’m definitely happy about it. This isn’t the end goal for me, but I’m having fun again. I have a smile on my face.”

Manziel says he’s hoping an NFL team will sign him, but if not he’d likely play in the Canadian Football League.

“The message that I’m sending is showing up every day and going to meetings,” he said. “Being engaged in everything that is going on during practice and in the game. I can’t control what is going on [with NFL teams’ interests] and I don’t know what’s going on in NFL meetings. If that’s the case, if the NFL is something that pops up, cool. If not, I’m going to work until I get back there. We’ll see how things play out.”

The 25-year-old Manziel last played in 2015, when he started six games for the Browns.

82 responses to “Johnny Manziel turns in mediocre performance in Spring League game

  1. Before the “but Kaep can’t get a job?” Ppl come out, Kaep threw for 4 yards, sacked 5 times and was benched for Gabbert against the Bears 3rd stringers.

  2. I’m against johnny because of comeback stories & it’s altering societal view(s) on P.O.S.’s.

  3. I mean, what can you expect. An entirely new team coming together for the first time. No OTA’s, no preseason, no film study, no film!! Just have fun Johnny! Do your thing.

  4. He sucks, what a loser, too bad party boy, entitled POS…ok, all of those comments are out of the way.

  5. Well, however it is or is not working out, its still the correct path for someone trying to earn an NFL slot. Even with a ‘mediocre’ result its still more effective than sitting around blaming others that you aren’t just being gifted a job. Good luck to him, keep trying and what hapoens, happens.

  6. So, in other words, he has no goals or ambitions outside of football. I’ll respect it more when he’s attending that Monday morning staff meeting at a real 9-5 without complaint.

  7. He had his golden opportunity and disrespected it. Now he is trying to prove he is the guy that Cleveland thought he was when they drafted him, but all grown up and ready to roll.
    Right. Once an idiot, always an idiot.

  8. I hope he makes it back… even just as a backup. Lots of players with great talent but their heads aren’t screwed on straight. Let Manziel show you can conquer your demons.

  9. The offense did not do its homework, otherwise they would have learned that Johnny is not a playbook/film study guy who won’t take responsibility for himself or his team.

  10. I thought Manziel was a pretty interesting player in college. But his antics just grew and grew until he is where he is today. I think he’s kind of football’s version of Hollywood’s Shia LaBeouf. It’s kind of interesting that after both destroyed promising (but probably overrated) talent through partying and substance abuse, they are both now on an apology tour and trying to save their careers.

  11. I’d take him over Hundley, right now, as-is. Hundley’s performance (or lack of it,) should’ve cost QB “guru” McCarthy his job.

  12. He’s 25. And headed for the CFL. Is it really hard to believe that he might go up there and have 2-3 good years and get a shot back in the NFL when he’s 28-29?

    I never cared about the guy much either way but I hope that he’s clean and works hard and we see what happens after that.

    Good luck, Johnny. I hope you stay sober and work hard.

  13. He’s never going to be an NFL qb. His only chance is to try to switch to wide receiver like the Pats were thinking about. Size and speed wise he fits the Welker, Amendola and Edelman mold.

  14. The guy sounds a lot more mature in his responses to the media. Everyone makes mistakes. If they can admit those mistakes and try to change for the better they should get another shot. Be it Michael Vick, Manziel or anyone else.

  15. Yeah, but it’s really their fault for trusting him.

    Not a student of the game… and a head case.

    Time for him to stop garnering headlines.

  16. BB met this clown twice recently? He’s falling even further than the days he thought he could fix Tebow. Hell probably still end up getting signed by NE because Brady is done and BB thinks he can make anyone look good.

  17. 9 of 15 for 82 yds and a td is not mediocre. passer rating = 105.5 rating. get your facts right failio.

  18. Is there something wrong with a 97 QB rating and 60% completions after two years off?!?

  19. The stats aren’t that bad. Sacks are on the line and receivers. 9-yards per passing play and a TD.

    I’m no Johnny fan but the negative spin here is questionable.

  20. Manziel never had the talent to be an NFL quarterback. 95% of his success in college was throwing up for grabs jump balls to Mike Evans. The Browns were INSANE to waste a 1st round pick on him. Just like Josh McDaniels was INSANE to waste a 1st round pick on Tim Tebow but everybody seems to be letting him off the hook for that. The fact is even I could be a pretty good offensive coordinator as long as Tom Brady was my quarterback ….. and it doesn’t hurt to have Bill Belichick as the h ead coach either.

  21. antonchigur says: “Ryan Leaf 2.0…”

    Ryan Leaf’s mother says, “You take that back !”

  22. 49ersfury says:

    The future starting QB of the Las Vegas Raiders
    ————————————
    Not a chance, he will be too busy in Vegas!

  23. Chances the writer actually watched film of the game? I don’t care what anyone says, numbers lie. We have no idea if he got no protection on those sacks or if he was holding the ball too long. Also, you have to consider the amount of time these guys spent with each other/learning the offense.

  24. As I’m reading these articles about Manziel, it sounds like you’re talking about someone who was once a great NFL quarterback and is trying to make his way back, but that isn’t the case at all. The Browns reached for someone who probably should have been drafted in the 3rd or 4th round and when he got his chance to play, he got killed. I don’t understand why there is so much talk about him trying to make it back to the NFL, when he sucked the first time he was there.

  25. doctorrustbelt says:
    April 8, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Is there something wrong with a 97 QB rating and 60% completions after two years off?!?
    —————————–

    No, but some people like to make a sport out of perpetually hating people.

  26. Im happy for him that he just got there as he says. I would be excited to see what he can do in the CFL first. I think he can find a great opportunity here. Anyway, just good luck Johny wish you the best.

  27. Put him up against a top rated defense and watch what happens. Remember, he admitted that he is not a film study or x’s snd 0’s type of player. He is a lazy P O S. I guess the media will do anything for s story.

  28. Still take him before Colinoscopy.

    Boy howdy this pun just had me slappin’ my knee and bent over at the waist just hootin’ an’ hollerin’. So clever! Such zest!

    *fart noise*

  29. “Before the “but Kaep can’t get a job?” Ppl come out, Kaep threw for 4 yards, sacked 5 times and was benched for Gabbert against the Bears 3rd stringers.”

    I remember that! It was right after the game where he threw for 3 TDs and ran for 113 yards against the Fins, in the season where Kaep had 16 TDs against 4 ints while averaging 6.8 yards per run for a team that had dumped all its talent to the point where its starting receivers were Jeremy Kerley and Quinton Patton, a duo so dynamic they combined for ***squints*** 22 catches last year.

  30. It’s a start. Nice to see him get it together and get on a field but the road back likely runs through Canada. If he plays well there for a couple years he might get a look as others have.

  31. It is neck and neck as to which terrible player is getting way too much attention, Manziel or Tim Tebow. Both are worthless for different reasons and both are terrible QBs.

  32. Comeback? What comeback? Johnny get into the NFL and play again and were talking comeback. This is sandlot stuff for washed up players. Time to start a new life Johnny. Football is over pal. Your nine lives are spent.

  33. Why isn’t the media writing about Wentz recovering, or the season Goff had? Or any other good player that had a good season last year? There are much better players to write about instead of this drunk druggie girlfriend abusing worthless P O S. Go to Canada Billy Manziel.

  34. I am betting he will get another NFL look, as a backup. It would be a Miracle if he ever starts again outside of PRE-Season.

  35. mmack66 said:”

    No, but some people like to make a sport out of perpetually hating people.”

    I agree with you completely. That hate often carries over to the real world, as opposed to the internet world which seems to only exist for hate sake alone.

    I hope Johnny does turn his life around, because it does send a message that people can make a comeback. I am not disregarding Johnny’s past in any way shape or form, but this world would be a really sad place if people who have gone done a wrong path weren’t given the opportunity to go down the right one.

  36. It’s not hard to complete 9 out of 15 passes for 82 yards, if they’re all checkdowns and dropoffs. There obviously weren’t any downfield completions in those totals.

  37. Without seeing the game, the numbers are meaningless. That said, 3 sacks, 9 ypa, and a TD are good numbers to put up in the first game in two years.

    He’s a guy with red flags but he won’t be expensive and he knows how short of a leash he has. Unlike some of the guys you take in the draft, he might (finally) get it.

    I never thought he was an NFL QB, but some team taking him in is a low risk move.

  38. “The message that I’m sending is showing up every day and going to meetings“

    ////////////////////////////

    So you’re doing what every working person does.

  39. niners816 says:
    April 8, 2018 at 8:27 am
    Before the “but Kaep can’t get a job?” Ppl come out, Kaep threw for 4 yards, sacked 5 times and was benched for Gabbert against the Bears 3rd stringers.
    ===========================================================
    So you really think that Maziel is beter than Kaep?

  40. Quote: “Manziel completed nine of 15 passes for 82 yards with one touchdown and three sacks in his first game for The Spring League.” Someone said he had a QBR of 92. People, this is a 60% completion rate and a pretty good passer rating! And, the 3 sacks are most likely due to his own Offensive Line.

    All in all, I’d say very good for someone who hasn’t played in 2 years. The college QB formerly known as Johnny Football claims he has settled down, is showing up for practice, is attending meetings, etc. As I said in a previous post, I’m willing to give him ONE LAST chance. One and only one. I loved to watch him at A & M and still think he has the potential to be a good =>scrambling<= QB in the National Football League.

  41. niners816 says:
    April 8, 2018 at 8:27 am
    Before the “but Kaep can’t get a job?” Ppl come out, Kaep threw for 4 yards, sacked 5 times and was benched for Gabbert against the Bears 3rd stringers.

    —————————
    If Kaep really does want back into the NFL this is exactly what he should be doing.

  42. Look at the photo. Wow, I’m a software engineer and don’t see people in my field with arms that skinny. Wish the best for him, but he needs to eat some burgers.

  43. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    April 8, 2018 at 10:19 am
    BB met this clown twice recently? He’s falling even further than the days he thought he could fix Tebow. Hell probably still end up getting signed by NE because Brady is done and BB thinks he can make anyone look good.

    ——————
    Geez man. Hate much? Belichick never thought he could ‘fix Tebow’, he wanted to get Tebow to switch to TE. Personally I think Tebow made a mistake not going for that too. The skills he has does have would have fit that well and his big weakness (throwing) would not have counted against that. Plus it gets forgotten that physically Tebow is a beast. We did see during his qb times how tough he is to bring down if he heads downfield with the ball. But Tebow wound up telling BB that he had his heart set on being a qb and if BB wasnt into that he preferred being cut so he could shop for it elsewhere. He was cut the following day. Hope this helps with the education level.

  44. There are so many haters. I’m not a Manziel fan but bring him in as a camp arm and see if he can climb the ladder and crack the roster.

    What does a winning and established NFL team have to lose?

  45. Maybe he just needed some time to plant his reckless seeds and now it’s time to grow up.
    It took me until 30. Had a helluva time and lots of stories. lol
    I’ll cut him some slack.

  46. Umm dude, Tebow took the Broncos to the playoffs and actually won a playoff game and had short success in the league, where does Johnny Manziel measure up to that? Tebow was a leader and while he probably would’ve been a better rb than qb, he’s still had more success than Johnny. Oh, btw, nobody let McDaniels off the hook for his move. Actually that’s probably what got him fired in the long run…..drafting a qb with very limited passing skills, but great leadership skills is an NFL no-no because you gotta throw the rock.

  47. djvh2 says:
    April 8, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Look at the photo. Wow, I’m a software engineer and don’t see people in my field with arms that skinny. Wish the best for him, but he needs to eat some burgers.
    ——————————-

    You ever see Joe Montana’s arms? Didn’t think so.

  48. There are two issues with him:
    1) His behavior
    2) His ability to consistently play QB at the NFL level

    He seems to be making strides with the behavior, although if I were a team I would think it’s way too soon to be confident about that

    Now he has to prove that he can be an NFL QB

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