Appearing on "The Dan Patrick Show" on Monday, the former Cleveland Browns quarterback said, "I have a little update for you, in fact, I'm going for John these days, so I'm just turning the page. and moving forward a bit. "
He was asked if this means he is growing.
"Arriving there, I suppose," said Manziel.
The 26-year-old signed with the Memphis Express of the AAF in March, but it was short because the league closed before completing a season. Manziel suffered a head injury in his last appearance.
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"Seeing how quickly the AAF evaporated, I was a bit surprised because I was having a lot of fun in Memphis, probably more fun than I've had since my last game at Texas A & M vs. Duke," said Manziel. .
"My plan to move forward is to wake up every day with … to return to the field, to continue working in my trade, either in San Diego with [QB guru] George Whitfield and I keep trying to go back to what I think I was, a little bit of a surgeon with the ball in my hand. I feel good, and I'm going to keep my head down and keep working on what matters most to me, and that's football. "
Manziel joined the AAF after being released by the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL. That league also said that it could not play for another CFL team. Manziel was not going to go into many details regarding his stay in Canada, except to say that it did not turn out the way he had planned.
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Manziel was taken by Cleveland with the No. 22 pick in the 2014 NFL draft. But after two tumultuous seasons, the Browns released it in March 2016 after it posted a 2-6 record as its starter.
Manziel has dealt with several problems outside the field. In 2016, a domestic badault charge against him in Dallas was dismissed after he took an anger management course and participated in the NFL's substance abuse program. In a recent interview, he said he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and stopped drinking.
He was asked on Monday if he had any advantage with the NFL teams.
"Right now I have open discussions with a couple of coaches in the league," he said. "I'm trying not to get up too much about it or anything that comes my way, so I take it day by day and try to get the best out of what's going on."
Manziel is encouraged by the increase in smaller and more mobile QBs, such as Kyler Murray. Six-footer Manziel broke the mold of the tall pocket pbader while winning the Heisman Trophy at Texas A & M.
"I think finally you tend to 'can play the ball or you can not play', and if you can, and someone believes in you and says we're going to adapt some of these things around you to be successful, I think that's "The recipe for success is not that you are too small or a double threat or whatever," said Manziel.
He knows he did not make the most of his first season in the NFL.
"You're as good in the NFL as you're prepared for, I learned that the hard way in my first year in Cleveland," he said.
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