CLEVELAND -- Johnny Manziel is taking a positive step since checking out of a rehab facility in early April.
The Browns quarterback has moved out of his downtown Cleveland apartment and into a golf course community in a suburb west of town, according to a source.
Golf has been a constructive outlet for Manziel since his return, the source said.
The QB's old home, the Metropolitan at The 9, was the site of an alleged Nov. 22 assault of a fan by a member of Manziel's "entourage" at 2:36 a.m. Manziel was not listed as a suspect, and the fan, Chris Gonos, later apologized publicly. Manziel said shortly after the incident that the fan aggressively approached him.
Manziel has stayed out of the spotlight in recent weeks, issuing a statement on April 17 apologizing to the Browns, hoping to regain trust in the organization and acknowledging his recovery will be an "ongoing process," thus asking for privacy.
He got right into the playbook upon his return, the source said. Cornerback Joe Haden said he's noticed a change in Manziel and believes he can "1,000 percent" become a starting NFL quarterback. Left tackle Joe Thomas, who previously suggested Manziel had lost some trust in the building, told NFL Network last week Manziel has been "night and day" better in his approach this month.
Manziel has work to do in order to see the field. Coach Mike Pettine told Cleveland's 92.3 The Fan it's "fair to say" veteran Josh McCown is expected to top the depth chart to open camp.