Mike Pettine: Johnny Manziel has been 'hard on himself' during OTAs

Friday June 12th, 2015

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said quarterback Johnny Manziel has been “hard on himself” during the Browns' organized team activities, according to ESPN

“He wants it to be perfect,” said Pettine, who added that even positive plays sometimes irk Manziel.

Manziel spent 10 weeks at a Pennsylvania treatment facility earlier this year for an undisclosed issue, but he has been a participant through the team’s offseason training program.

Last month, Pettine said it is fair to say that veteran quarterback Josh McCown is the favorite to be the starter going into training camp.

Browns quarterbacks coach Kevin O'Connell also shared his thoughts on Manziel and did not rule out the chance that the second-year quarterback could win the starting job.

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“My thoughts on Johnny have not changed,” O'Connell said.“...We're still talking about a guy that's in his second year now. Having been through it, obviously, getting some starts last year will help him. But I can tell you from the first time I met Johnny until now, I still see the same competitive guy that comes into work every day to get better and that's all we can really ask of him right now and he's really responded to what we have asked of him.”

Manziel started two games last season and appeared in five overall, completing 18-of-35 passes for 175 yards with two interceptions and one rushing touchdown. 

- Molly Geary

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