Johnny Manziel draws comparisons to Drew Brees from 49er great
Johnny Manziel has been compared to an abundance of undersized mobile quarterbacks during the draft process, such as Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson, Minnesota Vikings legend Fran Tarkenton and even Tony Romo.
Former San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl winning quarterback Steve Young thinks the Texas A&M signal caller could translate to a Drew Brees type passer — with a bit of work that is.
“He’s the guy that seems to really thrive in chaos,” Young said in an interview with Yahoo! Sports. “That’s an innate quality that I don’t see very often. I think Johnny is very improvisational. I think that that’s a fun part of the game. The truth is that in the NFL, the job is to deliver the ball from the pocket. That’s the job. So he’s going to have to transition that.”
Johnny Football unconventionally often holds on to the ball for an extended periods, buying time with his legs, waiting for receivers to become wide open rather than trusting the system and his reads.
“That’ll be the challenge for Johnny — if he’s willing to do the boring work behind the scenes day in and day out, over years, he can be Drew Brees. He can be (like) guys that have moved around in their careers — Aaron Rodgers. Aaron Rodgers could scramble around for 100 yards if he wanted to, but he’s learned the game. That’s what Johnny is going to have to do.”
While Brees may be undersized standing at only 6 feet tall, the Purdue product was never really much of a runner at any point in his career, with 130 rushing yards as his career high.
Another NFL legend, Jerry Rice, drew comparisons of Manziel to his very own old signal caller.
“Johnny is not the biggest guy, but he has an exceptional heart,” Rice said. “Steve was the same way when he first came in, he was more of a running quarterback, but then he wanted to become more of a pocket passer.”
Only time will tell as to whether Manziel can translate his game to fit a pro-style offense, but wherever he goes, it will definitely be exciting.
The word on the street is that Manziel won’t get out of the top 10, leaving Houston, St. Louis, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Oakland, Minnesota and any team willing to trade up as fits for Mr. Football.
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