Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has the "it factor" that makes quarterbacks special, according to coach Mike Pettine.
BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel threw several interceptions during the club's organized team activities practices in Berea, but on one day, he saved his best play for last.
As the Browns were going through one of their final drills, Manziel rolled out to his right, threw against his body all the way back to the left side of the field and found Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron behind the defense for the touchdown.
"The first thing I asked was, 'What the hell coverage were we in?'" Browns coach Mike Pettine said with a smile. "(Browns defensive coordinator Jim) O'Neil was messing with the defensive playbook, putting the nose tackle at free safety, so I think he just sensed the play coming because we've been burned by it a couple times in practice. That was actually pretty funny.
"I'd rather them test their limits. I'd rather they learn the lesson today when, essentially, it doesn't count. I'd rather they learn those lessons and say, 'Hey, I think I can fit it in that window. Oops. I can't.' I'd rather now than in September."
Manziel's touchdown toss to Cameron caught the attention of his teammates.
"It's a good football play," Browns running back Ben Tate said. "It's not anything I haven't seen before."
Veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson added, "It was nice. I like to see Johnny make big plays. When a quarterback gets into a rhythm and gets a little confidence, his chin pokes up, his chest sticks out a little bit more and they play better. When he gets in a rhythm, he's a special athlete. He's hard to stop. He's doing (well). I like what I see so far from Johnny Football."
Following Manziel's touchdown toss to Cameron, the players seemed to be more energized, which Pettine said is what makes quarterbacks special.
"It's difficult when he's got the red shirt on and defensive guys know they can't tackle him," Pettine said. "It's hard to get glimpses of that, and that's truly what you get, but we've done some things, some designed rollouts with him. He's shown when he can get in the open field, that he can run through an angle and he can eat up some ground pretty quickly.
"When they have that 'it factor' to them, where it's just a sense, where it's momentum and guys feel it, gravitates is a good word for it. We've seen the same thing with Brian (Hoyer) as well."