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Report: Patriots met with Manziel

Field Level Media
March 28. 2018 10:29PM
Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel threw during the University of San Diego's Pro Day last week. The Patriots are said to be interested in the former Heisman Trophy winner (K.C. Alfred/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

Could Bill Belichick work wonders with NFL outcast Johnny Manziel?

Manziel threw in front of scouts and coaches at Texas A&M’s pro day on Tuesday and the New England Patriots met with him before and after the session, according to the Boston Herald.

Manziel threw to Texas A&M receivers, including draft hopeful Christian Kirk, during Tuesday’s pro day. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner also threw in front of scouts from 12 NFL teams — including the Patriots — last Thursday during the University of San Diego’s pro day.

Belichick could certainly take a flyer on Manziel, who the Patriots also met with before the 2014 NFL Draft, as a third quarterback behind Tom Brady, who turns 41 in August, and backup Brian Hoyer. The Patriots traded QB Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers last season, leaving them again in search of Brady’s eventual successor. New England would likely carry only two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.

Manziel will next head to Austin, Texas, to take part in The Spring League, which plays NFL-rules, full-contact games on April 7 and April 12. He says if he doesn’t land with an NFL club, he’ll join the Canadian Football League.

“I’ve blocked it off,” Manziel said, via ESPN. “I can’t do anything, I can’t stress about it, all I can do is make sure I’m where I need to be. ... All I can do is block it off. If something (with the NFL) pops up, it pops up. And if not, if I don’t get the opportunity to go back, I’m going to go play in the CFL, and things are going to be fine.

“One way or another, one day down the line, I’ll get back to exactly where I want to be, because I’m not going to stop until I do.”

Manziel’s CFL rights are held by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who extended a qualifying offer his way in January. Representatives from the Montreal Alouettes and Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL were on hand for Tuesday’s showcase, which was attended by reps from all 32 NFL teams.

Manziel was released by the Cleveland Browns, who took him in the first round of the 2014 draft, in March 2016 after numerous off-field issues and a suspension under the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

“It took me awhile to really overcome that and get to where I was comfortable with it, but once I did, I started seeing an improvement in all aspects of my life,” Manziel said of his previous problems. “The people that I have around me ... I have a good team around me and I’ve cut off a lot of the leeches that have been around me in my life and it was really needed and really necessary.”


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