Calling Manziel one of the “biggest fighters” on the team, the Browns’ most iconic player in team history said the quarterback deserves high marks for his play in a game in which he went 21-for-31 passing for 271 yards with a touchdown and an interception, good for a respectable 92.1 quarterback rating.
“Johnny had a good start in proving he can play the position,” Brown told Northeast Ohio Media Group via telephone. “He’s a great athlete who can run and throw the ball. I’m glad the coaching staff is giving him a chance.”
Regarding Manziel’s alleged issues with alcohol — he sought in-patient treatment during the offseason but it was never disclosed exactly for what reason — Brown believes the Browns have the structures in place to help the quarterback navigate them.
“If you have a drinking problem, for example, we have people in the organization who can help solve that problem,” he said. “A lot of us need a helping hand and if alcohol is the problem [with Manziel], we know it can be treated.”
Manziel’s future with the Browns is uncertain at best, but it appears the organization — if not embattled head coach Mike Pettine, who often seems hot-and-cold with the QB — wants to take a look at his potential in the remaining games this season to see if he has a future with the team.