Are you ready for some (Johnny) Football?
The Patriots’ flirtation with former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel seems to be slowly blossoming into a full blown romance. Less than a week after New England was one of 13 NFL teams who watched the quarterback complete 36 of his 38 passes at the San Diego Pro Day, the Pats were present at the Texas A&M Pro Day where Manziel also threw.
While their mere presence is hardly anything to bat an eye at due to the fact at every NFL team was accounted for on Tuesday, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports that the Patriots met with Manziel both before and after his workout at A&M.
As for how he performed at his Pro Day, Chris Hummer of GigEm247 reports that he threw the ball well and only one or two of his balls hit the ground. Hummer also noted that Manziel “showed a good amount of zip and deep touch when asked to let it go.”
Back at the USD Pro Day, New England also did their due diligence beyond watching him throw and reportedly took him inside the facility to get an official weight on him as well. Clearly, the Patriots are enamored enough at the prospect of Manziel to check in and make sure they have the proper information on him.
They also have a bit of a history as the Patriots were Manziel’s first pre-draft visit back when he was entering the draft in 2014.
While the exact intentions of the Patriots regarding Manziel are a bit up in the air at the moment, the quarterback told TMZ Sports earlier this month that he’d “go to New England in a heartbeat” as he snapped his fingers, emphasizing the zero hesitation on his part. He also was pretty receptive about the prospects of taking over for Tom Brady one day saying, “Never, you learn from the GOAT.”
Manziel rose to national attention with his electrifying play at Texas A&M which earned him a Heisman Trophy back in 2012.
The quarterback was later drafted No. 22 overall by the Cleveland Browns at the 2014 NFL Draft, but flamed out of the league due to poor performance and off the field issues.
In 15 games played in the NFL (eight starts), Manziel tossed for 1,675 yards, seven touchdowns, seven interceptions and completed just 57-percent of his passes. He added 259 yards rushing to his name and a touchdown as well.
Given the trade of Jimmy Garoppolo this past trade deadline, the Pats are in the market for a young quarterback to groom behind Brady as a potential succession plan.
Bill Belichick has never been afraid to go against the grain and see if he can work his magic on a player, so it seems anything is possible as it relates to the 25-year-old.
Heck, they tried out Tim Tebow — Why not Manziel?