Johnny Manziel struggled through a rough rookie campaign, but the Cleveland Browns quarterback appears to have made significant strides during the offseason and is bringing them to the field.
NFL Network analyst and 11-year veteran Shaun O’Hara has taken notice, citing a stark difference in Manziel’s demeanor this preseason.
.@ShaunOHara60 pn Manziel: "He has a totally different look in his eyes. He looks much more composed, more confident but not an arrogance."
— NFL Media (@NFLMedia) August 21, 2015
O’Hara is one of several who’ve been impressed with Manziel through two preseason games. He’s completed 17-of-29 passes for 160 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions, adding 33 yards and a score on the ground.
Manziel finished Thursday night’s outing against the Buffalo Bills with a pair of outstanding plays, including a 37-yard completion to Darius Jennings that Sports Illustrated‘s Chris Burke called Aaron Rodgers-esque.
Two snaps later, Manziel calmly stepped up in the pocket and fired a strike to Shane Wynn for a touchdown. But the most impressive part was that Manziel kept his eyes downfield the whole time before throwing the gorgeous on-the-money pass to Wynn.
Unfortunately for the Texas A&M product, he hasn’t convinced the right people quite yet. Manziel has outperformed Josh McCown, who is currently penciled in as the starter until Browns coach Mike Pettine and his staff say otherwise.
But after McCown’s porous two-interception showing against Buffalo, it’s worth wondering when Manziel will actually receive a well-deserved chance to show his improvement opposite a first-string defense.