Manziel: Success is in Cleveland's future

BEREA, Ohio -- New Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel knows the recent history of the team has not been good, but he feels there is success to be had in Cleveland in the near future.

Although the Browns have not qualified for the playoffs since 2002 and have had double-digit losses in each of the past six seasons, Manziel is happy to be on his way to Cleveland.

"I'm very excited to be a part of Cleveland, and the Dawg Pound, and the city, and the love that they have for the Browns," Manziel said in a conference call with the Cleveland media. "My style of play is obviously pretty exciting, and I'll continue to try and get better. The forces and everything that's combining in Cleveland, I feel like we can be successful. More than anything, we want to win games.

"Championships are what every team in the NFL strive for. I wouldn't go out on a limb and say, 'This year, we're going to win the Super Bowl,' or anything, but we're going to be competitive and try to win as many games as we can to put our team in the best position possible to move as far as we can. I feel like there's a lot of really good forces on the team, the receivers, the DBs (defensive backs). I feel like it's a good combination and there is success to be had in the future."

Manziel believes in the potential of the Browns because of the pieces already in place, including five returning Pro Bowlers in wide receiver Josh Gordon, tight end Jordan Cameron, offensive linemen Alex Mack and Joe Thomas, and cornerback Joe Haden.

"You have a very good receiver," Manziel said. "You have a great offensive line. You have good weapons. You have a great tight end. You've got a defense that's really strong, and we also helped our team tonight in picking up a defensive player earlier in the round. I feel like there's opportunity there for us to grow and be better as a team.

"Obviously, there's been some struggles, and you look around the league at teams that have struggled and a couple years later, they're in contention to do really good things, win playoff games, get to the playoffs. I feel like with the pieces they had last year, they were a better football team."

Before Manziel walked across the stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City to greet NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and receive his first Browns jersey, he watched 21 other players get chosen ahead of him.

And Manziel admitted that he "believes" he will have a chip on his shoulder when he hits the football field this summer.

"I've accomplished a dream of mine, being drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft," Manziel said. "What a blessing and honor it is, but at the same time, there's a lot of teams that did pass me up. You do grow a little bit of a chip, but for me, I'm just going to continue to try and get better and become a better football player.

"I'll take a very aggressive mindset to it. I'm going to work extremely hard to get what I want, and I know what that is. I want to win. I want to be successful. With the amount of time I put in, and the heart that I put into this, which I know I'm capable of doing, will tell the tale."

Manziel is the fifth quarterback on the Browns' roster, along with Brian Hoyer, Vince Young, Alex Tanney and Tyler Thigpen. Hoyer started three games for the Browns last fall, all of which resulted in wins for the team, before suffering a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 3.

Manziel is looking forward to competing with and learning the game from Hoyer.

"Brian is obviously a very good player who I really do respect, and is a teammate of mine now," Manziel said. "I'm going in trying to show these guys that I'm obviously here to compete and see what I bring to table. That's a coach's decision, and whatever happens in that regard happens. That's a teammate of mine, a guy that played extremely well last year until he was, unfortunately, sidelined by an injury.

"Whatever's best for the team, I'm going to do and try to contribute in any way that I can. I know, from the front office to everybody in the building when I was there, they want to win and be successful, and I feel like I match that energy."


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