Cleveland Browns flashy rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was humble after working out with the Cleveland Browns on Saturday.
"I'm a rookie," he said. "I need to earn my place. I need to earn my keep. Nothing here needs to be handed to me. I don't need to be treated based off what I did in the past because that doesn't mean a thing at this level."
Manziel, who has been the subject of much hype since winning the Heisman Trophy after the 2012 season as a freshman, is participating in his first workouts with the Browns this weekend. Cleveland selected him in the first round of last week's draft.
Team owner Jimmy Haslam watched the former Texas A&M star from the sideline.
Manziel threw three short passes to running backs during the 15 minutes the media was allowed to watch practice. The team is limiting media access in an effort to settle down the attention paid to Manziel. An interview session with him after the workout was cut off after 10 minutes.
Manziel responded to quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains telling ESPN Radio in Arkansas during the week that Manziel sent him a text message during the draft urging the team to pick him.
Loggains claims Manziel wrote, "I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to wreck this league together."
Manziel acknowledged that he exchanged text messages with Loggains, but said the "I want to wreck this league together" portion might have been exaggerated.
"I don't know if that's exactly word for word," he said. "It was something along those lines."
But Manziel did say his desire for the Browns to draft him was true.
"This was a place I felt comfortable with," he said. "I liked the situation here and I wanted to come here, and if they wanted to take me and were trying to get me earlier, I said, 'Let's do it.' I don't know what kind of influence that had or what exactly that did, but this was a place I wanted to be and ended up here. And for me, whether it's whenever it is I get a chance to play, I don't want to come in and be mediocre."
Coach Mike Pettine has told Manziel that he has to beat out Brian Hoyer to earn the starting job.
"I was completely OK with hearing that from everybody," Manziel said. "I don't want to come in and have anything handed to me that I don't deserve."