BEREA, Ohio -- The mania that comes with the drafting of quarterback Johnny Manziel has angered one NFL veteran within the Cleveland Browns' locker room, running back Ben Tate.
In addition to expressing frustration in post-practice press conference Tuesday, Tate has taken to Twitter over the last week to question why Manziel, who has yet to take a snap in the NFL, has gotten so much attention from Browns fans and members of the media, and feels such coverage is too much too soon.
"I feel like it is," Tate said. "He hasn't played a down in the NFL yet, so that's on y'all to figure out."
Tate said that his feelings are "not really" about having "sympathy" for Manziel and the constant scrutiny that follows him everywhere, including when the rookie quarterback took a Memorial Day weekend trip to Las Vegas and partied poolside with New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and dozens of bikini-clad young women, and later, sprayed a bottle of champagne from a stage onto a crowd at an outdoor nightclub.
"It's not really sympathy," Tate said. "As a player, I know that I would get tired if somebody was constantly monitoring if I pick my nose, if I spit to the left or right. It's annoying. He's a human being.
"He's a great football player, so I understand why he gets some of the constant media attention. But I figure, at this stage, I'm sure he's tired of it and wants to come in here and do his job and try to win the starting quarterback job."
Following Tuesday's OTA practice in Berea, Tate offered up his reasoning to why Manziel is so popular within the media.
"Y'all just hype everything up and make everything just seem more extreme than it is, but I guess that your jobs," Tate told a group of reporters. "Y'all need stories, right? That's what you're all standing right here for, right?
"You all just want to report the fastest story. You all don't necessarily check sources to necessarily see if things are right anymore. Y'all just want to be the first one to see, 'This guy, such and such, reported this' across ESPN. That's what it is now. I understand. I get it. That's part of y'all's job."