Johnny Manziel has been on a comeback tour during the last couple of months, and now NFL teams will get to watch him throw for the first time since 2015.
Manziel reportedly will throw to receivers at the University of San Diego’s pro day on Thursday morning, according to college football insider Bruce Feldman.
SOURCE: Johnny Manziel is expected to be the QB throwing to receivers at University of San Diego’s Pro Day Thursday morning. This figures to be the first time NFL teams have had a chance to see the former first-rounder throw since his days with the Browns.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) March 22, 2018
This is a rather big development in Manziel’s attempt to play pro football again this season — whether in the NFL or elsewhere.
The last time Manziel threw publicly was nearly 2½ years ago, when he led the Browns to a 2-4 record as their starter. He completed 58 percent of his passes, throwing for 1,500 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also had 5 interceptions and ran the ball 37 times for 230 yards.
Manziel has opened up about mental issues that bounced him from the NFL in 2015.
“I felt like the end of the world was near and that I would never make it out,” Manziel told TMZ in February. “As dark as it gets, eventually times will get better.”
The former Heisman Trophy winner also spent time with Good Morning America, detailing how his struggle with alcohol abuse derailed his first NFL shot.
“I started taking a look at my mental health a little bit,” Manziel told GMA in February, “and making it a priority.”
Manziel isn’t looking for a huge role right away. He has said he would be willing to sit on a practice squad all season and try to earn a spot on the active roster from there. He also claims he has no issue being a backup — especially for a legend such as Tom Brady.
“I’ll go to New England in a heartbeat,” Manziel said. “In a heartbeat.”
It is unclear how many important NFL eyeballs will be on hand to watch Manziel throw. San Diego isn’t exactly a pro factory. But any chance to show improvement and potential value is a win for Manziel at this point.