BEREA, Ohio — What happens in Vegas apparently doesn’t stay in Vegas, especially if you’re Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel.
The first-round draft pick was back on the practice field on Wednesday afternoon after a weekend getaway in Las Vegas. Manziel made an appearance at a UFC event, and several pictures made their rounds on the Internet, including one of Manziel with New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
The two were near a Las Vegas pool surrounded by a dozen women or so wearing bikinis.
“We have a saying in the NFL, as long as it doesn’t affect your job, and he was a guy that was very proactive, he let us know that he was going and my advice to him was have fun,” said Browns head coach Mike Pettine.
“I knew whether it was going anywhere that a picture was going to be taken of me and somebody was going to see me, whether it was going back home or going to anywhere, or staying here — maybe it would have been less of a story somewhere else but still I’m very surprised it is a story,” Manziel said.
The Browns quarterback wanted to make sure his trip wouldn’t get blown out of proportion, so he posted a picture of the Browns playbook, headphones and an I-Pad which players use to study film and the playbook.
**See that post at the bottom of this page**
He wanted everyone to know he was having a little fun, but football wasn’t far from his mind.
“It doesn’t bother me, Johnny has been working as hard as anyone I’ve been around, he’s been around here all day and all night and I’ve been really impressed with what Johnny has done and good for him to get a little bit of a break,” said Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
“I don’t live my life according to you guys or to what other people think of me, I’m going to live my life to the fullest and continue to be committed to this game and to what I need to be doing here and trying to earn my place in this locker room with these coaches and this organization,” said Manziel.
On Wednesday during the team’s Organized Team Activities (OTA), Manziel was taking snaps with the second team. A week ago, he was running plays with the third string.
In 11-on-11’s, Manziel was actually taking snaps with the starters.
“I have a lot to learn there is obviously a lot from the college level to the NFL level so it’s really hard for anyone to access. I think I am getting better every day,” Manziel said.
“I don’t really try to assess it right now. It’s early and you’re throwing a ton at him and right when they think it is getting easy, once they show up tomorrow morning we’re going to throw a whole bunch of new stuff at him,” said Shanahan.
Manziel is learning a lot about being a quarterback in the National Football League all while trying to juggle the life of a celebrity.
“I haven’t really done anything at this level. I haven’t done anything to establish myself to create this type of buzz or anything like that. I’m just another rookie,” he said.