Johnny Manziel threw for NFL scouts and coaches today.
In a scene that was by turns surreal, sublime and silly, he also threw for a rapt-ish ESPN audience, politicians who included former president George H.W. Bush and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former First Lady Barbara Bush and Barbara Bush’s dogs. And, of course, Nike offered everyone the opportunity to dress just like the former Texas A&M quarterback — minus the sweet camo shorts he was rocking.
Which pretty much sums up just how surreal the scene was. There were over 100 media members and eight head coaches.
As for football, did anyone learn anything? Manziel completed 61 of his 63 passes against a defense that consisted of quarterbacks guru George Whitfield wielding a broom. He worked within the pocket and outside of it, but it’s impossible to say what any of it means. For every pundit who liked what he saw, there was another one who did not. And a third who pointed out that Manziel isn’t 6 feet tall. Take Aaron Rodgers’ word for what it all meant.
2 of the 3 guys commenting on this workout right now have opinions that shouldn’t be taken very seriously.— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) March 27, 2014
As for Manziel, he told the NFL Network: “My main thing is that I’m not scared of anything. I don’t play that way. Why come out here in a scripted workout and be scared of anything? Let’s make it as challenging as we possibly could. Go out and have fun with it.”
Pro days are like staging your home when you sell it. Didn’t look like that before…won’t look like that again.— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) March 27, 2014