If Johnny Manziel needs to win over his Cleveland Browns teammates with a display of dedication to football after his disaster of a rookie season and a stint in rehab, he’s apparently off to a good start.
Veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby, after observing the quarterback at offseason workouts so far, praised Manziel on “The Jim Rome Show” on Tuesday.
“He’s focused. He’s in here working, grinding every day,” Dansby said. “And we’re right along with him, like I said, we have his back. We never did turn our back on him. He just had to go through that learning curve, and he understands now what it takes, and I think he’s putting forth the effort. He’s grown up right before our eyes.”
Another veteran, Pro Bowl offensive tackle Joe Thomas, who had said of Manziel recently, “I think he's going to have to prove to the team that football is important” to him, also seems to like the new version of Johnny Football.
"The way he is now is night and day from last year," Thomas told the NFL Network last week. "He has a bright future ahead of him."
Meanwhile, in another apparent sign of maturity, Manziel has moved from downtown Cleveland to a home in a golf-course community in the suburbs, ESPN.com reported.
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