Manziel asked more questions about lifestyle than football at Browns OTA's

BEREA, Ohio - The Browns continued their second week of Organized Team Activities at Browns Headquarters in Berea.

Johnny Manziel took part in some 11 on 11 drills with the first team, but it was his off the field antics on Memorial Day weekend that the media wanted to talk about. 

Manziel spoke with media for the first time since rookie mini-camp and fielded questions about his trip to Las Vegas and the now "famous photo" of him taken with Rob Gronkowski and a bunch of girls.

Manziel answered every question thrown at him and saw nothing wrong with spending his off days in the "Sin City."

"I'm very surprised that it's actually a story," Manziel said. "For me, I've accomplished dreams of mine that I never thought I'd get to be in this position."

Manziel said despite the hype of what he does off the field, it will not hinder his work on the field.

"I've been here every day working extremely hard coming in here trying to earn my place and for me to get a free weekend to spend some time with friends and family of mine and just have fun and just relax and get away from the grind a little bit and then come back when I'm supposed to and get back to work this week," Manziel said.

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Other players saw nothing wrong with Manziel spending his off weekend in Las Vegas.  Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas said everyone deserves a break, and a chance to have fun. "You can be committed seven days a week and still have fun at night," Thomas said.

Browns safety Donte Whitner said he would have even joined Manziel if he was just entering the league.

"I'm not really bothered," Whitner said. "I came into the National Football League at 20 years-old and I can guarantee you if me and Johnny came into the league together I'd probably have been in Vegas with him."

Browns head coach Mike Pettine also wasn't worried about the incident and said his main focus is his players while they are on the field. 

Manziel did look like a rookie at times Wednesday when he took first team reps in 11 on 11 drills. At one point, he pitched it to no one and was almost intercepted on another play.  But he also showed the media of things to come with a great touchdown pass to wide receiver Josh Gordon.

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Miles Austin was again not practicing. He wore sweat pants and did not take part in any team drills. Last week, Pettine said Austin was not practicing for precautionary reasons. 

Justin Gilbert was also seen wearing a wrap on his right knee but he was doing some stretches after practice and he is believed to be okay. 


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