In the summer of 2014, no article about speculation and rumors would be complete without a look at the latest regarding this year's most scrutinized rookie.
It's been an eventful first couple of months in the NFL for Manziel, and most would say it's been for all the wrong reasons.
All the stories of Vegas trips and swan rides have only reinforced the perception that Manziel is more concerned with partying than with being the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns.
However, a couple of Manziel's old teammates came to his defense this week.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, wide receiver Mike Evans, who played with Manziel at Texas A&M, gave his former quarterback a vote of confidence while speaking at the NFL Rookie Symposium:
In training camp, I don't think he'll go out at all. He'll be committed and devoted and fighting for a starting job. He's a great guy. He practiced hard. He came to work. He's one of my best friends. So I wouldn't trade him for anybody. I think he'll be a great pro. He's a great guy. He's a better guy than most people give him credit for.
Offensive tackle Jake Matthews echoed those sentiments:
Just his determination, his attitude, his work ethic -- he gets after it. When he's on the field, he's got the mindset that no one's better than him. I really enjoyed blocking for him. I'm proud to say I blocked for him and I blocked for a Heisman Trophy Winner and I think he's going to do a lot of really good things here. I'm looking forward to seeing his career.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon told Sirius XM Radio Manziel would be well-served to dial it back a notch:
My biggest problem with him and it’s something he has to get used to and temper down a little bit, all guys are gonna go out and have a good time. Quarterbacks, all different positions. But you don’t want to make it as public. You want to keep it more of a low profile when you are out having a good time. He tends to make it more of a high profile thing when he’s out, so that just opens up all this speculation and criticism by everybody out here. . . . It gives everybody a chance to have an opinion upon him. And a lot of that he brings upon himself by exposing everything that he does.
Moon didn't explain how exactly Manziel is supposed to be "less public" in public, but have no fear because Manziel told Mary Kay Cabot of the Northeast Ohio Media Group he's on the case:
I'm not going to change who I am for anybody. I'm growing up and continuing to learn from my mistakes and trying not to make the same ones over and over again, but am I going to live in a shell or am I just going to hide from everybody and not do anything? I don't think that's the way I should live my life and I'm not going to do it.
Never said which case he was on. To the swan!