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One of the more polarizing players in this past draft class, Johnny Football, aka Johnny Cleveland, aka Johnny Manziel, is supposed to be the backup for now, per The Daily News’ Jason Rubinstein.
There’s a fair chance that this will change sooner than later.
When and if Manziel gets under center, he has the ability to succeed in spectacular fashion.
Manziel can extend a play with his legs and make tremendous plays with those as well as his arm. Further, Manziel has the sort of personality which catches the media’s eye and would generate some great buzz. While the public doesn’t vote on the awards, their interest certainly impacts things like paper sales and Internet clicks, which in turn could impact who gets the award.
Certainly, if Manziel is in the news more and is covered more, he’ll be in the national media’s awareness more.
If he can take advantage of that on the field with the play we saw in college, he could definitely take this award.
Of course, he needs to play well, overcome some of his deficiencies and find a way to succeed without receiver Josh Gordon.