With two terrible performances under his belt since being named the Browns’ starter, QB Johnny Manziel is struggling to gain the confidence of teammates and fans.
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Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel suffered a hamstring injury against the Carolina Panthers that caused him to miss most of their 17-13 loss. After the game the former Heisman trophy candidate told media that he still thinks he can “be the guy” in Cleveland despite his terrible first two starts.
“This was a learning process for me, and regardless of what happens moving forward into this last game of the season, this has really been a great thing for me, a very positive thing for me to get in here with these guys,” Manziel said, via The Akron Beacon Journal. “And this week, going through the walk through and going through everything, I was a lot sharper, and a lot more on top of this stuff, and I think these guys see me and see that I’m in the building really putting in a lot of work and I want to be the guy. That’s what I want to be for this organization.
“If anything, this has motivated me more heading into this offseason.”
In his first two NFL starts, Manziel has gone a combined 13 of 26 for 112 yards and two INTs. His QBR of 5.08 is the lowest of any starting QB in the last nine years, and he has yet to throw a TD pass in his rookie season.
The Browns drafted Manziel No. 22 overall in the 2014 NFL draft out of Texas A&M. In 2012 Manziel became the first redshirt freshman in college football history to win the Heisman trophy.