Johnny Manziel’s rookie season in the NFL was brief. Selected in the first round by the Browns he rode the bench for much of the season before taking over for an ineffective Brian Hoyer.
Manziel’s future with the Browns has become a subject of talk as his rookie year was brief, thanks to the success enjoyed by Hoyer earlier in the year. That has the former Heisman winner employing the team to let him give it another go in 2015.
“I don’t think it would be fair to give up on somebody after seven quarters of football,” Manziel said via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “If that’s what they intended on me coming in here doing, just giving them seven quarters, giving them a couple games and then looking somewhere else, I don’t feel like that’s a lot of commitment and sticking with somebody.”
“This league is a process and it takes a lot of time,” said Manziel. “Nobody comes in this league right away — and I mean nobody comes in this league right away and just absolutely kills it.
“That’s just not the way it works. You can show flashes, but you need reps, you need years of it, you need time and that’s what happens with a young quarterback, so I’m not going into this offseason, into this draft having any concerns about that. It’s just something that I’m definitely not thinking about.”
The Browns have two first round picks in the 2015 draft which leaves open the chance they select a quarterback, though giving up on Manziel so quickly would be quite a surprise even for a Browns organization which has been in constant flux at the signal caller position.
Who the Browns starts in their season finale against the Ravens is up in the air. Manziel is done, Hoyer is injured as well and the team has Conner Shaw and Tyler Thigpen signed to contracts.