Friday, August 1, 2014
Johnny Manziel Camp Daily: August 1
By Pat McManamon
A day-by-day and honest look at Johnny Manziel's first training camp with the Cleveland Browns:
THE WORK: Manziel has been consistent. The problem is he hasn't been consistently good. On Friday, Manziel continued to work with the twos. He had a couple of very good throws in regular drills and a touchdown in red zone work off a designed run from the 8-yard line, but then was flagged by a ref working practice for flipping the ball over the crossbar. The goalpost now is considered a prop; no spiking, punching or flipping. Manziel talked Thursday about being better in games than he is in practice, and at this point the Browns have to hope that is true in Saturday’s scrimmage. Because Manziel has not shown a ton in practice.
GOOD THROW: The best quarterbacks are decisive and fast and Manziel got that accomplished in one team drill. He dropped, planted, stepped and drove the ball to Miles Austin on the money 25 yards down the field at the sideline. It was one of Manziel’s better throws of the camp.
BAD THROW: Shortly before that pass, Manziel threw into coverage over the middle and was intercepted by Josh Aubrey. It’s never ideal when a player trying to start is intercepted by a backup safety whose job is in danger because the team just signed a 30-something veteran.
THE WORD: “I’m not going to have a lot of freedom.” – Manziel on how much he’ll be able to do in Saturday’s scrimmage in terms of improvising.
START CHART: Will next be updated on Monday, after Saturday’s scrimmage is digested.