UPDATE 12:04 P.M.

Browns Coach Mike Pettine says he’s so impressed with Johnny Manziel that he’s set to get some work with the first-team offense on Friday.


Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel appears to be on the right track as he tries to rebound from a calamitous rookie season in the NFL, at least according to Browns safety Donte Whitner and Coach Mike Pettine.

“Johnny’s a totally different guy than he was last year. He’s 100 percent strictly football right now,” Whitner told NFL.com’s Albert Breer. “He’s working his best to be a pocket, prototype quarterback back there. He’s been doing a pretty good job. Again, I just can’t wait to see what he does in the scrimmage on Friday up in Columbus, and then going into the preseason games, to see what he can do up there.”

Pettine told Breer that Manziel seems to have cut down on all the distractions that torpedoed his rookie season and that his current spot on the depth chart — backing up journeyman starter Josh McCown — is the right place for him.

“I can really only speak for when he’s here. There’s no news out of the building, which is obviously a good thing,” Pettine said. “He’s engaged, he bangs out the answers, he knows it, it’s important to him. We got a little mad at him, because he got upset at practice the other day, was frustrated, threw a ball down. But the positive of that is, ‘Hey, he cares.’ This is a guy who’s competitive and wants to be successful and is upset when things aren’t done right. We feel good about where he is. But given his circumstances — and that was recent — no rush to push him back out there. If it takes a year for him to learn under Josh, then so be it.”

On Wednesday, CBSSports.com put up some video from Browns camp that showed Manziel performing well.