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Browns veterans are starting to rally around Johnny Football

Joe Thomas criticized former Heisman winner Johnny Manziel last year and now the pro bowl offensive lineman is talking positive about his QB.

“The way he is now is night and day from last year,” Thomas said Tuesday. “He has a bright future ahead of him.”

Thomas quipped that Manziel, recently released from treatment, now spends his Saturdays studying the playbook and watching film instead of riding “a swan in a swimming pool drinking champagne,” saying: “It’s apparent he’s realized how important football is to him. He’s realized you can’t get away with those things anymore.”

Said Thomas: “As one of the leaders, it’ll be my job to talk to him sometimes, (but) he’s already impressed a lot of people here now in the last couple of weeks.”

Joe Haden even commented on Manziel saying “He has the it-factor. He has what you can’t teach,” said Haden, adding: “Actions speaking louder than words. He’s putting forth those actions. That’s all he can do.”

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