Tampa Bay scouts are traveling the country scouting players from colleges everywhere. So the coming weeks we’ll continue to see reports of the Buccaneers scouts attending Pro Days like the ones we have been seeing.
But there was an interesting report that surfaced Thursday that left many wondering what the Bucs were doing watching.... Johnny Manziel?
Scouts from 13 NFL teams confirmed by the school were on hand to watch Johnny Manziel throw at the University of San Diego's pro day: Bears, Browns, Chargers, Giants, Chiefs, Jets, Patriots, Raiders, Titans, Lions, Jaguars, Panthers and Bucs. https://t.co/Le43snoSdf— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) March 22, 2018
I would certainly chalk this up as the team doing their due diligence, or just curious. The former first-round quarterback has been working with quarterback guru George Whitfield, Jr. so teams were there to see how he looked.
The main reason why Manziel was there was because he agreed to throw at their Pro Day. The University of San Diego Toreros did not have a quarterback to throw, hence why Manziel volunteered his services (of course he was trying to sell himself, too).
San Diego had seven players working out for scouts. Three of those seven were catching passes from Manziel — one wide receiver in Brian Riley and two running backs in Jonah Hodges and Jereke Armstrong. There was also a former player trying out, wide receiver Brandon White.
Manziel, 25, has been out of the NFL since his release from the Cleveland Browns in March 2016. His off-field issues and suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy has made teams stay away from him.
He threw seven touchdowns and seven interceptions in 14 games with the Browns.