Johnny Manziel’s attempt to restart his football career brought him to a game on Saturday in a high school stadium that was largely empty.
Manziel Eddie Yarbrough Jersey , 25, and two seasons removed from the sport, prefers a return to the NFL, would settle for the Canadian Football League, but has landed for now in The Spring League.
It’s a four-team showcase of practices and two games designed as an audition for pro scouts.
On Saturday, Manziel played about two quarters Eddie Goldman Jersey , completing 8 of 16 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown in windy, unseasonably cold conditions – temperatures in the low 40s – with a few hundred fans watching, many of them cheering for him.
Manziel was sacked four times, fumbled once, an issue he mentioned as a problem he had in the NFL, and could not lead his team in the final two minutes to a touchdown that would have won the game.
Manziel said he was frustrated by the final drive but added Domata Peko Jersey , ”It’s good to be back on the field. I’m healthy. I had fun. This is a huge step for me.”
As Manziel angles for a return to the NFL, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner wants to distance himself from the personal issues that hurt him in the past.
Selected out of Texas A&M by Cleveland in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft – No. 22 overall – Manziel threw as many interceptions (seven) as touchdown passes with the Browns during two seasons.
In 2016, a domestic assault charge against Manziel in Dallas was dismissed after Manziel took an anger management course and participated in the NFL’s substance-abuse program.
In a recent interview, Manziel said he’s been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has stopped drinking alcohol.
He recently reminded people about his lackadaisical approach in the past by telling radio host Dan Patrick that the Browns should have known he wasn’t a student of the game, an expert on the X’s and O’s of football, when they drafted him.
But Manziel said he is taking medication for the bipolar disorder and is devoted to the improvement of his life and career.
”No matter what happens football-wise Royce Freeman Jersey , I’ve repaired a lot of relationships,” Manziel said. ”There was a lot of myself that needed a lot of work. The message that I’m sending is showing up every day, going to (team) meetings, being engaged. If the NFL pops up, cool. If not, I’m gonna work until I get back there.”
— The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a three-year contract extension with safety Ricardo Allen DeShawn Shead Jersey , who could have become an unrestricted free agent in 2019.
Allen has a combined six interceptions the last three seasons. He had 54 tackles and one interception last season.
The agreement with Allen continues general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s promise to reach extensions with key starters before they can become free agents. The Falcons agreed to a five-year, $75 million extension with left tackle Jake Matthews on July 27. Dimitroff also hopes to reach a new deal with defensive tackle Grady Jarrett.
Allen, a fifth-round pick from Purdue in 2014, began his career as a cornerback on the Falcons’ practice squad. He switched to safety in 2015, coach Dan Quinn’s first season.
Details of the agreement with Allen were not immediately available.
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