New Cleveland Browns quarterback continues to walk a fine line early in his career.
No matter what he does in his NFL career Johnny Manziel will have friends and enemies.
However, new Cleveland Browns teammate Joe Haden said the rookie quarterback might benefit in his performances if he “checks his friends out a bit.”
The Browns cornerback believed that some Manziel’s “friends” might be there for the good times only and not when the former College star needs them the most.
“Johnny needs to check his friends a little bit,” Haden said.
“Everybody is going to go out and have a good time,” the four-year veteran said. “You gotta make sure when you’re with your people, it just doesn’t get out. He’s going to have a good time, but a lot of things need to be taken away.
“You need to have a phone valet — tell your friends to put your phones away. We’re going to go out but don’t record.”
Haden said he can see great things for Manziel in the NFL if he is able to somehow “control the people taking pictures of him … the people wanting to be around him.”
“He’s grown. When I’ve seen him in the locker room, he’s in there on time, he’s in there studying,” Haden said.
“He’s getting better and better, every OTA and every minicamp. It’s just the off the field stuff, a lot of it can be prevented.”
“But he’s young,” Haden added.
“Nothing that he does out there is affecting his improvement on the football field. For him, I would like to get people off of his back. You Johnny, you young, you just got in the league. You’re doing everything you need to do on the field. Maybe just try to ease back a little bit.”