McCown hopes for Manziel success


The Cleveland Browns released Johnny Manziel on March 11 and the quarterback has not yet drawn any interest from other NFL teams.

But one former team-mate is rooting for Manziel to succeed in the NFL.

Browns quarterback Josh McCown, who started eight games in 2015 before injuries ended his season, believes Manziel can get his career back on track.

"I enjoyed the time I spent with him,'' McCown told on Thursday.

"I believe that he can play in this league and he certainly has the skill set that he can play at a high level.

"It's just for him to take some time and evaluate what he wants out of his career and this game, and once he makes that determination then keep moving forward in that direction and get that accomplished.

"I believe in him. I believe he can do it if he makes the right decisions moving forward.

"It's just a matter of being able to embrace that 24-7. That's an area of growth for him that obviously needs to occur.

"I absolutely think he can play in this league, but at this position you've got to love it and you've got to evaluate everything in your life and say 'what place does football have in my life?'

"And if it's up there at the top, then you've got to eliminate the things that would keep you from accomplishing the goals that you have.

"He's got to look through that and go, 'man, do I love this game and how much do I love it?' That's what I'm hopeful that he moves towards."

The Browns selected Manziel in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner was never able to live up to expectations.

Manziel threw for 1,675 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions in 14 games and eight starts over two seasons.

He went 2-6 as a starter, completing 57 per cent of his passes.