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From Vegas to Cleveland: Manziel back to work

Manziel In Vegas With Gronkowski


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Johnny Manziel is back at work after a holiday weekend in Las Vegas. And when you're Johnny Football, what happens in Vegas doesn't necessarily stay in Vegas.

The Browns' celebrated rookie quarterback reported for organized team activities Tuesday following a few days in Vegas, where he kicked off his summer by hanging poolside with New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, attended a UFC fight and was captured on video spraying champagne on patrons in a nightclub.

And, according to Manziel, he found time to study his new playbook.

Following his first practices with Cleveland's veterans last week, Manziel took advantage of a break in the workouts to head to Las Vegas. On Saturday, a photo of him and Gronkowski, surrounded by other partiers, appeared on several social media sites. Later, Manziel posted a photo on his Twitter account of him standing with UFC President Dana White along with a thank-you note.
Although this was all done on his free time, and Manziel didn't commit a crime or have any known issues, his actions raised eyebrows in some circles about his commitment to playing in the NFL. He seemed to fire back at any criticism by posting a photo on his Instagram account Monday night of his Browns playbook and iPad with the caption: "Guess it's impossible to enjoy the weekend and study?"

Manziel, who was selected with the No. 22 overall pick by the Browns after sliding in the first round, is expected to challenge Brian Hoyer for the starting job. Last week, first-year Browns coach Mike Pettine said Manziel was having typical problems for a young player.

"It's like any other rookie, that he's just inconsistent," Pettine said. "I think a lot of it's the mental part of it. He's more worried about getting the formation right, making sure the motion is correct, and he's got the cadence. Then, he's got to worry about where guys are. Being good mechanically takes a back seat to learning the system first. I think you see over the maturation process, once all that stuff becomes second nature, that he'll be a lot more comfortable."

Manziel has made a favorable impression with the Browns in his first weeks as a pro. He's said all the right things during two media availabilities, echoing the team's stance that he's only a backup and will have to earn his starting job.

Pettine also said Manziel has shown humility, fitting in nicely with some teammate who may have expected Johnny Football to act differently.

"He's quiet actually," Pettine said. "He's a good guy to be around. I think the guys in the locker room will be able to tell you that he's a fun guy. But you can tell, when it's time to work he works, and he's very serious about this. You can tell he's very competitive."

Cleveland's practice Wednesday is open to the media.

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reblaseit May 27 2014 at 9:25 PM

No story at all here

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brennemanbelkin May 27 2014 at 10:48 PM

Twenty one teams passed on this guy for a reason.

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Jeremy Tanner brennemanbelkin May 28 2014 at 9:36 AM

just like they did on Aaron Rodgers. Whats your point?

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Nana & Popie brennemanbelkin May 28 2014 at 12:07 PM

No kidding because he is a total "idiot"! Too many on & off the field problems.

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TommyD May 27 2014 at 10:03 PM

The media just has too many morons in it. They really have become leaches, anything for a (non) story. They may sit back and say hey, you're spending time reading and writing about their "story" but they don't realize how despised and discredited they have become.
The media used to be respected. That is long gone and probably will never return in the U.S.. So, my time spent on this article is simply to continue to remind people how horrible the media is and to use their forum to bash them. Thank you.

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dhendr3229 May 27 2014 at 9:51 PM

Ryan Leaf 2.0

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Rich dhendr3229 May 27 2014 at 10:17 PM

Could be. Could be the next great NFL QB. I don't see a middle ground with Manziel. He will either be great or bust.

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cfinde May 27 2014 at 10:58 PM

hasn't grown up and probably never will... should fit right in with the rest of these spoiled babies of the NFL

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jpark377 May 27 2014 at 10:44 PM

It really sucks when young men actually behave like young men. The politically-correct media Gestapo continues their march in this country, totally unencumbered.

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Jim May 27 2014 at 10:50 PM

POMPOUS, ARROGANT , PUNK!! Love Coach Edwards but Gronk is a veteran who is not in rookie camp this punk has not and will never change . It is all about his ego , and parties. If he gets things done and proves is worth then this all goes away, but he is not that good and will do NOTHING in the NFL ( Not For Long ) he is playing the Browns and they were fools for taking this punk. One other thing , this little **** is not good looking so all the girls standing around him are looking to get their mugs on the tube , he is a DOG

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Ed May 27 2014 at 10:51 PM

He just doesn't want to be treated like Tebow. so he is working on his bad boy image. If he act like a decent guy he will be called freak, a homo and if he goes to church he will be labeled a Jesus Freak. So if he wants to have a chance to play in the NFL he has to prove he is not a good role model.

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baileygc23 Ed May 28 2014 at 8:01 AM

Jesus freaks are role models?

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BOB May 27 2014 at 10:52 PM


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ray.duhamel May 27 2014 at 9:14 PM

JOHNNY FOOTBALL IS JOHNNY FOOTBALL! HE'S BALLIN'! Just wait and see, HE WILL BE DA STARTER, sorry Brian, but let "THE LEGEND" begin! Look at GRONKS STATS! He's a BALLER! Wait and see what JOHNNY FOOTBALL is BOUT to do to da NFL, especially DA AFC CENTRAL! GEAUX BROWNS BABY!

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