Cleveland Browns first-year quarterback Johnny Manziel disputed coach Mike Pettine's observation that Manziel appeared "frustrated" with his current role on the team, Mary Kay Cabot wrote at Cleveland.com on Friday.
Cleveland Browns first-year quarterback Johnny Manziel disputed coach Mike Pettine's observation that he appeared "frustrated" with his current role on the team, Mary Kay Cabot wrote at Cleveland.com on Friday.
Pettine said on Wednesday that he "can sense" Manziel is frustrated by the time he has spent on the sideline.
Manziel has played only five snaps this year, while starter Brian Hoyer, who is in the final year of his contract, has led the team to a 4-3 record.
"I don't necessarily think that's the right word," said Manziel. "Obviously coming from the situation I've been in the past couple years of every rep, every snap, every down of every game, coming into the situation that I'm in now is going to be a lot different for me.
"So I'm sure there are signs of this being a different situation for me, but I don't feel frustrated."
Pettine said his impression came in part because Manziel had been quiet, but Manziel said that he was still going through the adjustment process and was focused on better understanding the responsibilities his position.
"I fee like I'm in the role that I need to be at this time," Manziel said.
"And, for me, obviously, I wasn't where I needed to be throughout the earlier stages of being here, and now is my time to play catchup and make sure I'm on top of my things, continuing to get better and what's up to my level and also the coaches' level of where I need to perform."
Manziel was the the 22nd pick of this year's draft, and won the 2012 Heisman Trophy while at Texas A&M.
The Browns, currently fourth in the AFC North, host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon.