5 Signs That Point to Johnny Manziel Self-Destructing

5 Signs That Point to Johnny Manziel Self-Destructing

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Johnny Football is one of the most polarizing players in the NFL right now. Analysts either hate him or love him. In my opinion, Johnny Manziel will be a bust at the next level for five reasons. Read on to find out why he will self-destruct when he reaches the NFL.

5. His Massive Ego/Immaturity

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5. His Massive Ego/Immaturity

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As an NFL QB, you must present yourself as a leader and conduct yourself with the utmost maturity. The man whose nickname is "Johnny Football" has been lacking in the latter despite not having played a snap yet. He seems just as interested in looking good for the camera at sporting events as he is improving as a quarterback. His latest stunt, him on camera rolling a $ 20 bill in a Las Vegas bathroom, leading to accusations of cocaine use.

4. Lack of Pass Catchers Outside Of Jordan Cameron

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4. Lack Of Pass Catchers Outside Of Jordan Cameron

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It's no secret the Browns have had a less than ideal offseason thanks to Josh Gordon's impending year-long suspension. If Gordon does miss the entire 2014 season, the Browns' receivers will be Miles Austin, who isn't the player he used to be and is injury-prone, Charles Johnson, who hasn't played a snap yet, Nate Burleson, who is also injury-prone, and Andrew Hawkins. Not a great cast for a rookie QB to lean on.

3. Durability Concerns

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3. Durability Concerns

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Anyone who has seen Johnny Manziel play knows that he is an athletic freak. However, as we have seen with quarterbacks like Michael Vick and Robert Griffin III, running around outside the pocket to extend plays usually leads to injury in the NFL. Defenders are not as big or fast in college as they are in the NFL. His small frame and with his style of play being what it is, he is a definite injury risk at the next level.

2. Run-First Mentality

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2. Run-First Mentality

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Looking back at his college film, Manziel tends to be a runner first as opposed to a passer. For instance, if his first or second read isn't there, Manziel doesn't keep his eyes downfield. He immediately decides to leave the pocket to buy time and throw up prayers or scramble. It may work in college, but in the pros, it's a recipe for both injury and turnovers. In the NFL, you need to be primarily a pocket passer to succeed.

1. Texas A&M Style Of Offense

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1. Texas A&M Style Of Offense

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At Texas A&M, Johnny Manziel played an unorthodox style of offense tailored to his strengths. It also didn't hurt that star WR Mike Evans bailed him out frequently when Manziel would overthrow or underthrow him. Also, he is unaccustomed to playing under center. It will require a lot of time and effort for him to adapt to the Browns' offense and judging by his lifestyle of partying, it's anyone's best guess if he is willing to put in that work.

Will Gellman is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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    Couldn’t get the article to open, probably just as well , it’s more than likely another column with sage like advice to a kid that doesn’t care what you think. If you think flying around the country , having fun and chasing women is going to somehow keep him from playing football at a high level you’re nuts. The kid could show up drunk and out play most quarterbacks I’ve ever seen. Just put him in the game and shut up.