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Is A&M QB Manziel Ready For The NFL: “I Think I Am”

gfx - they said itWhat Johnny Manziel said yesterday shouldn’t surprise anyone.  The redshirt sophomore Texas A&M quarterback is eligible for early entry into the NFL draft next spring.  He’s already won a Heisman Trophy.  He’s won a lot of games.  He improved as a passer this past season, just as he’d promised.  And he managed to quiet the Manziel Mania that had become an offseason media obsession (that alone should aid his draft grade on a number of teams’ boards).

So why stick around the college game and risk injury for free when you can go pro and get injured for cold cash money?  (If you think the SEC’s list of injured quarterbacks is long, go dig up the NFL’s injury list.)

Asked about the pro game and his feeling of readiness yesterday, Manziel had this to say:


“You take everything into account.  More than anything, are you ready for the next level?  You don’t want to go be unprepared for the National Football League or leave two years on the table.  In the grand scheme, it all comes down to making the best decision for you…

I’m playing, for the most part, (at) a really high level of football.  Putting the ball where I want, throwing it with a lot of velocity, so in my mind I think I am.”


As for keeping himself out of the headlines (for the wrong reasons), Manziel said: “I was tired of being scrutinized so much.  The only way is not to do anything, not get on Twitter… keep a low profile… I didn’t want it to be all about me.”

C’mon, Johnny.  You can admit it. You read our preseason advice and followed it, didn’t ya?

Texas A&M will definitely miss Manziel next season, as will the SEC.  Players with his skills don’t come around often.  But it’s hard to blame someone for jumping to the pro ranks early.  No, his family doesn’t need the money, but if you’re putting your body on the line, why not get paid to do so?  And someone will pay Manziel some pretty good coin to ply his trade for them at the next level.


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Texas A&M’s Manziel Catches A Concert… Big Whoop

During the offseason, Texas A&M Heisman-winner Johnny Manziel was omnipresent.  He was at ballgames.  He was at concerts.  He was at parties.  And he was tweeting darn near every bit of it.

Not surprisingly, his Twitter account exploded with new followers.  The media started paying attention to his summer of fun.  Then folks started to wonder how he paid for this and paid for that.  Texas A&M’s compliance department had to ask Manziel about every jetsetting trip.  Then came the “mutual decision” for him to leave he Manning Passing Academy.  And then came the autograph charges that eventually cost him one half of one game due to NCAA suspension.

At the height of Manziel Mania we wrote that the QB would help his pro stock by laying off social media and becoming a hermit for the season.  For the most part, that’s exactly what he’s done this season.  And, no, we didn’t expect him to actually keep things on the QT.

Well, on Tuesday night in San Antonio, Johnny Football took in a concert by his buddy, Drake.  He had a photo snapped with OB O’Brien, a rapper from Drake’s entourage.  Manziel posted the picture on Instagram.  It’s now popping up in the places like The Dallas Morning News:




We get it.  He’s still a celeb.  And this is the same kind of action he repeatedly took last spring and summer.

But we say cut the guy the some slack.  He’s kept his nose clean and his profile low since A&M’s football season started.  He’s been a model citizen and anything but a distraction for his team.  His play has improved and he’s done exactly what he set out to do — run less and pass more effectively.

Manziel is certainly feeding his detractors by posting anything at all, but he’s proven over the past three months that he can put team before self and football before fame.  That will go a long with NFL general managers next spring.

So give the kid a break.  He cut loose for a night.

He’s earned it.

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