If his most recent coach has his way, Johnny Manziel will get another opportunity to prove he’s worthy of a roster spot in the NFL. David Lee, former offensive coordinator for the Memphis Express of the now defunct American Alliance of Football, told John Kryk of the Toronto Sun that the former first-round pick showed a new sense of maturity during his brief time in the AAF, an attitude change that makes him hopeful Manziel gets another NFL shot.
“I’m hoping and praying he gets another chance. My short experience with him was tremendous,” he said.
“I really, really like Johnny as a person. Boy, he’s got a fire in his heart. He loves football. Gosh, he loves it. And he wants to be good,” Lee continued. “He had been through hell and back from the time he left Texas A&M until the time he rolled into Memphis.”
In 2014, Lee, then the quarterbacks coach of the New York Jets, refused to list Manziel among the group of draft-eligible signal-callers he would recommend to management.