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Johnny Manziel is working his way back into the Cleveland Browns plans
Just out of  rehab, the former first-round pick hopes to erase memories of last season's poor debut and off-field antics

Kevin Niedermier
Cleveland will get its first look at the rehabbed Manziel at workouts that begin Tuesday.
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When the Cleveland Browns start a new round of off-season practices on Tuesday, the public will get its first glimpse of quarterback Johnny Manziel since he finished 10 weeks of drug and alcohol treatment last month. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports on his comeback effort.


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Manziel was a first-round pick by the Browns last year. But he failed to impress on the field his rookie year, and he angered many people with his off-field antics. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says the first thing Manziel has to do to help his status with the team is not to get into any more off-the-field trouble. The second thing is to work a lot harder.

“He was not known as Mr. Worker last year, he would just do the minimum thing to get by. Usually your quarterback is one of the first into the office and the last to leave because he has to learn more about offenses and things like that. Thirdly, when he gets in he has to play well. Because last year, when he did play it was very evident that he didn’t have a full grasp of the offense and some of his teammates were helping him on where things were supposed to go.”

Pluto believes Manziel made the most of his time in rehab, but says it’s still very early in his comeback attempt. Manziel is expected to back up veteran NFL quarterback Josh McCown, who the Browns signed at the end of last season.

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