BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel needed only one weekend to make a positive impression on his new teammates.
During the team's rookie mini-camp practices at the Berea training facility last weekend, Manziel lived up to the hype his fellow draft classmates heard about throughout his last two seasons as the starting quarterback at Texas A&M and 2012 Heisman Trophy-winning year.
"He's amazing," running back Terrance West said. "He's Manziel. Everybody knows Johnny Manziel. He makes plays. He makes big plays, and he's a great player. He's also a leader on the field.
"He's a special guy. Johnny Manziel is special. He makes plays. That's what you want on your team. You want somebody that's going to make plays, and that's what he did. That's what he brings to the table."
According to his fellow first-round pick, cornerback Justin Gilbert, Manziel took off all of the pressure he could have as a high draft selection.
"He's a good guy," said Gilbert, who was taken 14 spots higher than Manziel in the draft. "When we're together, I always tell him he's taking all the pressure off of me. I think he pretty much made the people in Cleveland love me a little bit more once we got him. I was happy with that because I think a lot of people were mad at me."
In addition to drafting a running back for Manziel to potentially hand off the ball to in West, the Browns added an offensive lineman with their second-round pick, former Nevada standout Joel Bitonio, in order to protect the quarterback.
For now, Bitonio occupies the locker next to Manziel, and he quickly got over the hype and came to understand the quarterback he is blocking for in practice.
"At first, it's kind of like, 'Man, that's Johnny Manziel,' but then, once you get to know him, he's just a normal guy," Bitonio said. "He's just another quarterback. We've got (Brian) Hoyer in here and a few other guys that have been working out. It's just another quarterback. When you're an O-lineman, whoever's back there, you're going to protect. You're going to do anything you can for them.
"He just seems like a regular guy to me. That's what he treats me like and I treat him like that. He's fun to be around. He cracks some jokes. He works hard. He's just a good teammate. That's what Johnny Manziel is, so I don't think we're worried about him being a crazy guy or anything like that."