Security officials grounded a drone seen flying over the Atlanta Falcons’ practice field Thursday at Rice University.
Before all the conspiracy theorists start pointing fingers at the New England Patriots, Peter King of TheMMQB.com reports that a neighborhood resident apparently flew the drone over the field.
Manziel is considered a “Stage Two” offender under the league’s drug policy, which would subject him to random drug testing if signed by an NFL team. By volunteering for testing beforehand, Manziel would be showing potentially interested clubs he is committed to trying to salvage an NFL career that went off the rails during two seasons in Cleveland.
Manziel already has started working with quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. in an effort to improve his game and get back into football shape. He was in the Houston area earlier this week to autograph memorabilia during a paid appearance.
Manziel’s standout play at Texas A&M helped him become a 2014 first-round draft choice by Cleveland. Manziel, though, struggled on the field and generated headlines for his party lifestyle and arrest on a domestic violence charge against his ex-girlfriend. Manziel agreed to a plea agreement in December and still may be subject to future discipline under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Whether another team will trust Manziel — who spent 10 weeks in 2015 at a rehabilitation center — enough to sign him is in question because of the baggage he brings, let alone questions about whether he can be a successful NFL quarterback. But, at least for right now, Manziel is committed to becoming “Johnny Football” once more.