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Browns coach Mike Pettine: Johnny Manziel 'a very polarizing figure'

BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine conceded Tuesday that Johnny Manziel is "a very polarizing figure" and admitted the constant attention on Manziel is something the two have discussed.

"People either want him to succeed in a big way or want him to fail in a big way," Pettine said after the first day of Browns minicamp. "That adds to the pressure that he's under."

Manziel did not address the media Tuesday. He has not spoken formally with Browns media in the offseason, though Monday night he did a brief interview about wrestling at WWE's "Monday Night Raw" in downtown Cleveland. He sat in the front row and was mocked when wrestler Seth Rollins called him "Johnny Idiot Face" and said Manziel will never bring Cleveland a title.

But Manziel remains the focus of attention, even after spending 10 weeks at a treatment facility. A local radio station's morning show asked listeners Tuesday to send in photos of Manziel out and about in Cleveland.

"That's something that you certainly can't ignore," Pettine said. "Any NFL player has that pressure, and when you come into the league with the reputation that he had and go through what he went through, that's going to happen."

Manziel has been largely quiet and out of the news since leaving treatment, save for an incident at the Byron Nelson Golf Classic in late May, when a fan harassed him for an autograph long enough that Manziel threw a water bottle. The Browns called that a "nonstory."

Pettine said his discussions with Manziel would remain private, but said as the offseason heads to a conclusion, Manziel "is in a good place."

In Tuesday's practice, however, Manziel again was not sharp. He took his last team drill from the shotgun and fumbled three of six snaps. Each dropped snap resulted in the play being blown up.

"I've got to see it," Pettine said of Manziel's performance. "I know some of those snaps were low. I'd have to see the tape, see what [quarterbacks coach] Kevin [O'Connell] and Flip [offensive coordinator John DeFilippo] have to say. Usually my eyes are elsewhere than the snap."

The snaps all came from backups, as Alex Mack sat out the drill as part of his recovery from a broken leg and first-round pick Cameron Erving missed the practice with an unspecified injury that Pettine said is not serious.