(CLEVELAND) – The Browns eased their media restrictions as many wanted to see Johnny Manziel practicing. Manziel, who got his education from Texas A&M, was selected as a quarterback by Cleveland Browns in the first round of the National Football League draft.
In the rookie minicamp held last weekend, Manziel did his pro debut, and only local reporters and photographers were allowed, as Mike Pettine, first-year Browns coach, tried to control the hype surrounding Manziel. Pettine restricted the media coverage to only 15 minutes. Moreover, Manziel threw three passes and was also found stretching during the workout period.
The Browns received negative response from some national channels who were unhappy about being refused their credentials.
However, Pettine thinks that the situation “was overblown a little bit”. According to him, the limitations were, “more rewarding the local media than it was punishing. The words ‘ban’ and ‘punishing’, to me that was nonsense.”
Keeping in mind this disappointing response, the Cleveland Browns opened this Wednesday’s entire practice session to all local as well as national media members and there were no restrictions whatsoever.
Johnny Manziel played at Texas A&M University from 2011-2013. He is an athletically-gifted quarterback and has received the Heisman Trophy in 2012 for being the best college football player.