Manziel was drafted by Cleveland with the 22nd overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has revealed that the franchise have told Johnny Manziel to start acting “like a back-up quarterback”.
While Haslam praised the rookie for his competitiveness, he has reiterated that Brian Hoyer is the team’s starting quarterback heading into training camp, and Manziel “is not the starter. Johnny’s the back-up”, as reported by ESPN.
The Browns owner went on to add that while the team are not scared of the celebrity status that comes with their young signal-caller, they have warned him that “this is not Hollywood” and that he will come to Cleveland to work hard and earn his spot.
That sentiment has been echoed by his new team-mates who are happy to have him as part of the roster, but they are not ready to anoint him the Browns’ starting quarterback just yet having done nothing to prove he can flourish at this level.
Center Alex Mack described ‘Johnny Football’ as a good addition to the team but he isn’t sure who will be the starter come the beginning of the new season.
Similarly, tight end Jordan Cameron insisted that there is going to be a lot of competition for places in the new campaign, and it remains to be seen how the battle goes with others confident that Hoyer will come out fighting for his place.
Nevertheless, the majority of the roster are not worried by the fame that Manziel is already enjoying, provided that he deals with it in the appropriate manner and remains focused on matters on the field.
With news that his jersey was a top seller over the last month or so despite only going on sale on Monday, the financial benefits already appear to be taking shape but the most important thing for Manziel is to perform where it matters.