Manziel says he has the right team to ‘save him from himself’

Johnny Manziel says he is a “different person” from the one that partied away his NFL opportunity but he still depends on the support of others to keep him on the straight and narrow.

13 NFL teams came to the University of San Diego pro day to witness Manziel perform a live workout and he spoke to the media afterwards.

He hasn’t been on a pro roster since March 2016 when the Cleveland Browns released him after drafting in the first round in 2014.

“I would sit here today and say that I’m a different person than I was in the past. I know I’ve rubbed people the wrong way,” Manziel said. “I know there’s people that still doubt what I’m doing and still doubt where I’m at.”

His CFL rights are owned by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats who have had him on their neg list since his college days.

“For me, I’ve had spurts in the past of being good. I’ve had spurts in the past of showing promise and like I’m on the right path, and then right when I think I get there, something else happens. That’s kind of the pattern that it’s been in the past couple years of my life, especially since college,” Manziel said.

“So for me, the key right now is just being consistent, and continue to do what I’m doing day in and day out. Hopefully after a year of solid behaviour of solid workout regimen – over the last year now transferring into the first three months of this year. I feel like if I can parlay that into enough months and enough time people will be able to buy into that and be able to trust what I’m doing again.”

It seems Manziel is focused on the NFL at the moment.

“I’m not just trying to pull a fast one to try and get back in the NFL,” Manziel said.

“I feel like I’ve genuinely got a right team around me and the right people around me and a wife that cares about me and loves me enough to save me from myself. Because at the end of the day I feel like that’s the only person that I really need saving from, I’ve fallen back in that hole sometimes. For me, to sum that up, I need to be consistent on a daily basis.”