He's not Johnny Football. It's simply football, Johnny.
After a failed and flawed rookie season that was followed by a 10-week stay in a rehab facility, Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel said he believes he's grown personally and professionally. Manziel said he's committed and beginning to find his stride after a stumbling start in the NFL.
"Football," he said, "is my life."
Manziel spoke following Thursday's practice for the first time in training camp and said he's found comfort in not being the center of attention. Last summer, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner whose weekend party-hopping made headlines, had his every move on the field inspected and analyzed.
These days he's just one of the Browns.
Manziel has strung together two solid practices, and following Thursday's workout Browns coach Mike Pettine said the second-year QB will likely get some snaps with Cleveland's starters on Friday when the team scrimmages at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.
Manziel remains firmly the team's backup to Josh McCown. But unlike last year, the 22-year-old said he's not worrying about his place on the depth chart.
The Browns have been pleased with the new and improved Manziel. He's working hard, studying more and showing progress. The change is noticeable.
Manziel feels more comfortable and confident in Cleveland's offense. He's making better reads downfield, allowing him to make smarter decisions with the ball.
There's plenty of room for improvement, but Manziel senses steady growth.
The Browns have pledged their full support to Manziel, who has not disclosed the reason he checked into a Pennsylvania facility specializing in alcohol and drug abuse. The team has not given up on a grateful Manziel.