Johnny Manziel Says He Needs To Prove He Can Be a Starter

Cleveland Browns Rookie Minicamp

Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel said that he has already been humbled and he has to prove he needs to be a starting quarterback, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

“I got passed up 21 times, so that says something,” Manziel said following the team’s only open rookie camp practice Saturday. “Getting passed up 21 times is never fun and obviously some of those teams weren’t going to take quarterbacks and we knew that going into it, but still, it’s even humbling to be the second quarterback off the board, so for them to come in and say that, I don’t think I need to be humbled. I realize where I’m at in this organization and what I need to be doing, and that’s all I’m really focused on.”

Manziel, who handed the ball off a few times and completed three play-action passes to backs in the 15 minutes open to the media, stressed that he doesn’t expect any favors here.

“I’m a rookie,” he said. “I need to earn my place. I need to earn my keep. I don’t need to be treated based off what I did in the past because that doesn’t mean a thing at this level. I was completely OK with hearing that from everybody. I don’t want to come in and have anything handed to me that I don’t deserve.”

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