Johnny Manziel Goes 9-24 In Backyard Game Of Catch With Nephew
CLEVELAND –Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel’s poor week continued when, after an awful debut as a starter in Sunday’s 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the former Heisman trophy winner completed just 9-24 passes in a backyard game of catch with his ten year old nephew Tyler, according to sources close to the fifth grader.
“All I’m going to say is, it takes two players to form a successful game of catch. And not everyone is holding up their end of the deal,” said Manziel. “If my receiver can focus more, maybe run some crisper routes, then I think we’ll see that completion percentage get a little higher next time.”
“Crisper routes? I didn’t run ANY routes. I was just standing there, trying to catch these passes that, half the time, were nowhere near me,” said Tyler, while cooling down with a Capri Sun juice box. “Some throws were way too high. Others were really far off to the right or left. And it always seems like uncle Johnny held the ball FOREVER before releasing it. I was like, “Dude, there’s no pass rush or coverage. You don’t need to wait 6.8 seconds every time before throwing the ball.”
Despite the duo’s many failed connections, Browns head coach Mike Pettine insisted he hasn’t lost faith in his team’s first round draft choice.
“No, I still believe in Johnny,” said Pettine. “I have every confidence that next week his completion percentage will go up when he plays catch after school with his seven-year old niece Sophia.”
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