BEREA, Ohio -- With offseason workouts nearly complete, the Browns sense Johnny Manziel has been frustrated with his play, whether it's good or bad.
Coach Mike Pettine said Manziel is "hard on himself," which was evident at times during Thursday's organized team activities session.
"He wants it to be perfect," said Pettine, adding that even the positive plays sometimes irk Manziel.
Manziel, who's currently the Browns' No. 2 quarterback behind Josh McCown, showed flashes of playmaking and adequate arm strength but struggled with accuracy in spots. Manziel went 3-for-6 during one practice stretch that was two-minute-drill work. He threw a convincing intermediate completion over the middle to tight end Rob Housler, missed on a few shorter throws and attempted a deep pass intended for receiver Kevin Cone that was almost home but was broken up by a defensive back.
Earlier in practice, Manziel showed the good and bad. On one play, he threw an on-the-run, across-the-field touchdown to a receiver in the back of the end zone. On another, he pump-faked and held the ball in frustration after a broken play and a miscommunication with a route runner. He looked visibly upset with that last one.
Manziel has earned praise from teammates and coaches about his renewed attitude since returning from a 10-week stint in rehab. He's moved out of his downtown apartment and into a residential golf community on Cleveland's west side. He's living with his former high school coach, Julius Scott.
With past distractions dissipating, it's all about what Manziel can do on the field.
"I can tell you he's the same competitive guy that wants to get better on a daily basis that he was when I worked with him before the draft," said quarterbacks coach Kevin O'Connell, who helped train Manziel before the 2014 draft while working as a private quarterbacks coach. "He gets frustrated when things don't go exactly how maybe he planned or how he hoped they would go, but that's playing the position."