Saturday, July 26, 2014
Johnny Manziel Camp Daily: July 26
By Pat McManamon
A day-by-day and honest look at Johnny Manziel's first training camp with the Cleveland Browns:
THE WORK: The best thing to be said about Manziel’s first open practice is that he had better throws later in the day than he did early. Overall, this did not seem to be a crisp first day for the rookie -- or for veteran Brian Hoyer for that matter. Manziel struggled early, with indecision and a throw batted down. He finished better, though, finding receivers in team drills. None of it was overly memorable, but at least Manziel can say that as the day progressed he got better. That is something to build on as he points to day two.
GOOD THROW: Midway through practice, Manziel dropped back in team drills and threw left of the hashmark to Miles Austin. Manziel made the throw with authority, as he led Austin perfectly into a 20-something yard reception.
BAD THROW: Manziel’s size will always be an issue as long as his throws are knocked down. Shortly after the throw to Austin, Manziel rolled left and just ran to a stop as no one was open. On the next he threw right and the ball hit a lineman just above the elbow. That low trajectory may be something to address, especially as the Browns head to their first padded practice on Monday.
THE WORD: Comes from coach Mike Pettine, who explains that every snap, every play matters: “I don’t think that you want to ease guys in. When you look at the new rules and restrictions on the amount of time these guys get, I don’t think you have reps that you don’t feel are worth it.”
START METER: On a 1-to-10 scale, with 10 being Manziel certainly starts the opener, we’ll take a three-times-per week look at his chances. Today’s rating: a 3.