Johnny Manziel has had his fair share of criticism and controversy surrounding his time in college and transition into the NFL. Things did not improve much over the course of his rookie season and he was admitted to rehab before the season ended.
It is unclear if Manziel is even a viable option at quarterback for the upcoming season after the way he performed last year, but as of Monday, he will be participating with the team during their offseason workouts.
After winning and then almost winning the Heisman Trophy the following year, he had quite a stellar career in college. However, sometimes the college football playing style doesn’t always translate to the NFL and that may be the case with him.
Johnny Manziel left the team in a bit of a dramatic fashion to end his rookie season and this is the first contact that he has had with them since then. He was fined for missing treatment for his injury and also hosted a big party that resulted in the suspension of another player, multiple instances that questioned how committed he was to the team.
He recently concluded 10 weeks at the Caron treatment center outside of Reading, Pennsylvania. Following his time in the treatment center, he returned home to Texas, and just arrived in Ohio a few days ago. He was also spotted sitting courtside to cheer on his buddy Lebron James in the Cavs’ first playoff game yesterday.
Johnny Courtside: Johnny Manziel with some prime seats at the Celtics-Cavs game. pic.twitter.com/IumVktczlZ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 19, 2015
The question surrounding the quarterback situation in Cleveland last year was big as Brian Hoyer started out the year only to end it with an injury, later Manziel suffering an injury, and fellow rookie Connor Shaw from South Carolina stepped up in the end. The veteran Josh McCown was also brought in during the offseason and he is a likely candidate to start in the 2015 season, but could Manziel make a return and have success?
Very impressed with this from Johnny Manziel, post-rehab. Of course we never know who writes these, but…it's strong pic.twitter.com/xCAbYR4jf0
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) April 17, 2015
Johnny Manziel did not get to play much in his rookie season and many people would argue that it was for good reason. He did not have success when he get on the field and over the course of the seven quarters in which he participated, he completed 18 of 35 passes for 175 yards, two interceptions, and one rushing touchdown.