CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel talked about playing inside the pocket and extending plays outside the pocket.
Manziel had his second start of the season last Thursday against the Bengals, in that game Manziel threw for 168 yards on 15 of 33 throwing and added one touchdown. The Browns only touchdown came in the first half when Manziel threw for the only touchdown and had 128 yards on 11 completions.
Browns head coach Mike Pettine said in his halftime remarks than Manziel had to "settle down". After "settling down" Manziel threw for 40 yards on four completions.
"I think I made a couple throws in the pocket here and there, obviously we hit some deeper balls down field, one on them jumping offsides, one to Duke down the sideline getting out the pocket so not every play was made outside the pocket, but obviously the touchdown and a couple of our bigger ones were so the times that we're in the pocket, we had a second and long to Gab that might have got tipped or whatever and bounced off his knee. It's just as far as knowing where guys are and where the defenders are and stay in the pocket and make the throw. There's a time and a place for me to get out, I don't think that is a bad thing, me getting out the pocket and running around, I don't think anyone wants to take that away from me but there are times where I could definitely stay in a little bit longer," Manziel said when he was asked how he can improve on playing in the pocket.
The Browns will take on the Steelers on Sunday, it remains to be clear who the starting quarterback will be with Josh McCown returning to practice on Wednesday. Pettine said if McCown is healthy, he will start against the Steelers.