Donte Whitner Says Manziel Has Been a Very Respectful Rookie

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Sometimes people can’t separate off the field persona from on the field reality. As long as Manziel is doing what he supposed to do at practice and in games, what he does off the field as long as it isn’t criminal shouldn’t be that big of a deal.

It can be reported on because he is a huge star, but the only way he can continue to be a star is to produce when it matters. According to one of his teammates, when Manziel is at the Browns facility, he is just like everyone else according to PFT.

“Very quiet,” Whitner said of Manziel. “Very respectful. He’s earning his keep so far. He’s not asking for any privileges. He’s just a rookie, and he’s acting like one. When we have the rookie show, he’ll sing just like the rest of them. As far as football goes, I’m seeing him put the ball on the money like a veteran. Sometimes the receiver drops it. Sometimes the receiver isn’t even looking for the ball and it bounces off him. He’s got the confidence a quarterback has to have.”

It wouldn’t shock me if Manziel started for the Browns immediately, because the Browns don’t have a lot of playmakers (if Josh Gordon gets suspended they will be counting on Miles Austin), so they will need a quarterback that can make something out of nothing.