BEREA, Ohio -- Johnny Manziel's second day was far better than his first.
Manziel missed connections on only one pass in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 team drills in the second day of Cleveland Browns training camp. One observer unofficially had him at 12-for-13, another 10-for-11. The Browns probably would overlook the total number of throws and concentrate on the one incompletion, as Manziel threw the ball better and did a better overall job in the pocket on Friday than he did on Day 1 Thursday.
“Too much gets made in that ‘He had a bad series of plays,’” coach Mike Pettine said. “He came out here today, just like any other day -- he wanted to work to get better, and he took it one play at a time.”
“Everybody is an individual, but I would say our expectations for Johnny haven’t changed,” GM Ray Farmer said. “We still think he is capable of being a good player. He has to put the time, effort and energy to achieve that.”
Farmer remains steadfast that Manziel can succeed in the NFL as a quarterback.
“Used the right way and doing the right things, I think he can,” Farmer said. “You just have to make sure that the guy is doing all the things necessary to take the next steps as a quarterback. If he does those things, he has the physical skills to do that.”
Josh McCown's day was even better than Manziel’s. McCown threw several nice passes. A couple he placed perfectly past a corner and in front of a safety as the receiver strode near the sideline.
McCown has strung together several days of good practices since the team’s minicamp in June.
“I talk about having to watch the film and being able to evaluate,” Pettine said, “but I don’t have to watch the film to know he threw some pretty good balls in practice today.”
Receiver Dwayne Bowe said it's the best 'second day' of work for an offense in the passing game in his eight years in the league.
"It is only going to get better," Bowe said. "The timing is going to get better. We are going to work more and more. We are going to get in the book more and more. For a second day, I would give it an A or A-minus.”