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Johnny Manziel: I know I have to take this a lot more seriously

Cleveland Browns v Carolina Panthers

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Johnny Manziel’s rookie season is over and the rookie quarterback has done some reflecting on his first professional season.

One of the observations that stuck with Manziel is that he needs to be more of a professional heading into his second season. Manziel said Tuesday, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, that he “still had the college mindset a little bit” when he came into the league and that he’s come to realize that he’ll need a different approach to succeed at this level.

“I have to take this a lot more seriously. It’s a job for me now,” Manziel said. “I’m not the Johnny Manziel that came in here a year ago. It’s been a year of growing up for me.”

Manziel could have saved himself a lot of grief by coming to that realization before his rookie season, but you can’t put the ketchup back in the bottle and he’s said the right things about the direction he wants to take in 2015 in the last couple of weeks. He also said he’s not worried about the Browns giving up on him after seven quarters, although indications are that the Browns aren’t closing any doors at quarterback heading into the offseason.

They shouldn’t close those doors unless Manziel’s plans for a more professional approach to the game manifest themselves with a more professional showing on the field and that should make for another interesting offseason in Cleveland.