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Evans: Manziel will be 'committed and devoted' to winning job

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Johnny Manziel has the support of former college teammate Mike Evans. (USATSI)
Johnny Manziel has the support of former college teammate Mike Evans. (USATSI)

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This should come as a relief to Brady Quinn, who said last week that he had an issue with how Browns rookie Johnny Manziel was conducting himself away from the field: Buccaneers rookie wide receiver Mike Evans, who played with Manziel at Texas A&M, thinks the quarterback will put his social life on hold during training camp.

"In training camp, I don't think he'll go out at all,'' Evans said Tuesday, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot. "He'll be committed and devoted and fighting for a starting job."

Furthermore, Evans said that Manziel can tone it down when he needs to.

"Yeah, absolutely,'' he added. "In college when he was doing it, I didn't care as long as he was coming to play ball. He's commitment to the team. He's a competitor, and he wants to win. What he does off the field is none of my business."

Couldn't agree more. Manziel is a grown man who is free to live his life. Browns first-year coach Mike Pettine said as much when he was questioned about Johnny Football's Memorial Day Weekend in Las Vegas.

"He did nothing illegal," Pettine said at the time. "It's the price tag for the reputation he has."

Evans also pointed out what should be obvious to people concerned with Manziel's off-field habits.

"It's just he's under a bigger microscope than everybody,'' he said. "Being a Heisman Trophy winner and coming out of college, he's just under a bigger microscope. Everybody does it. When he gets on the field, all of that will go to rest."

Absolutely. If Manziel wins, all of this goes away. In the meantime, he doesn't care what you think about how he spends his time away from work.

"I don't live my life according to you guys or according to what other people think of me," he said last month. "I'm going to live my life to the fullest and continue to be committed to this game, committed to what I need to be doing here and trying to earn my place in this locker room with these coaches, with this organization.

"If I want to go out and have some fun and it doesn't hinder what my main goals in life are then I don't really care what anybody has to say.''

 
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