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Johnny Manziel throws his first touchdown pass

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Johnny Manziel just made a statement.

I'm honestly not sure if it's a statement that will last a quarter, let alone a season, but for one series of downs, Johnny Football looked like an NFL quarterback.

Last December, I took a look at the tantalizing package that Manziel brings to the table for the Browns, and if I'm to be honest, I looked like a complete idiot once he actually took a step on the football field. Of course, I was concerned with skills on the field, and not the off-the-field garbage that so clearly had become the focus of his life.

It appears as though Manziel has done everything right since his tenure in rehab this offseason, and if his first drive is any indication, perhaps there's more to this than meets the eye.

Manziel threw a perfect 54-yard strike to Travis Benjamin, who appeared to be running a post route against Jets' defensive back Antonio Cromartie. Once Benjamin folded in, Cromartie read the post play, and slowed up, thinking that Free Safety Jaiquawn Jarrett was going to cover the play downfield. Manziel correctly read the corner and safety moves, and released the deep ball in between both the corner and the safety, allowing Benjamin to catch the ball in stride, and coast into the endzone for the touchdown.

Hopefully, this is a good sign for Manziel's progress, and while I'm not ready to leap back on the Johnny Football bandwagon, this certainly has made the watch a lot more interesting.


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