Elsa/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — With Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel’s rookie season over, he admits that this year has taught him he needs to put in more time to become a successful player in the NFL.
Manziel struggled mightily in limited action this season, including his one and only start where he completed just 10 of 18 passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
“It’s been a year of growing up for me,” Manziel said. “It’s a job for me now. I have to take it a lot more seriously than maybe I did at first.”
A hamstring injury in Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers will keep him out this Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
Manziel came into the NFL with plenty of hype, but failed to live up to it. He seems to know the root of his struggles.
“I haven’t painted the greatest picture of me being in here and staying on top of my stuff,” Manziel said. “I’m sure the stuff off the field has negatively affected that. But I know, and what matters to me the most, is that guys in this locker room see that I’m working…This is my life and my job and I’m 100 percent committed to that.”
The Browns traded back into the first round of the draft to select Manziel 22nd overall.
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