Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel runs the shuttle dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Jon Gruden sees some Brett Favre in Johnny Manziel


If you follow quarterbacks in the NFL Draft even a little, the the Jon Gruden quarterback camp segments are a must-see – sometimes for the information and sometimes for the unintentional comedy factor.

This could be a case of the latter.

In his recent visit with former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, the always blunt and filter-free Gruden said that he sees similarities between Manziel and future Hall of Fame quarterback, Brett Favre.

This isn’t the first time this comparison has been made actually, as Favre himself stated that he sees some of himself in the brash young Johnny Football.

Gruden sees most of the similarities in the escapability and prevalence for improvisation.

“It takes courage to pull the ball down and reverse field and do some of the crazy things that Favre and Manziel do. There’s going to be consequences when sometimes it doesn’t work out. But it takes a tremendous amount of guts and courage to go make a play when there’s nothing there instead of throwing the ball away.” [Source: USA Today]

A fair assessment, but still quite a stretch to mention those two in the same breath.

Gruden took a shine to Manziel, probably more than the other quarterbacks interviewed and worked out for the QB Camp series. “I had more fun with Manziel than I did most guys,” Gruden said. “I’d love to have him.”

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