How Manziel reminds of Steve Young, more observations from Jon Gruden
Updated: March 27, 2014, 2:17 PM ET
Jon Gruden | As told to Mike Sando
Gruden’s QB Camp: Manziel’s Durability
ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando went to Orlando, Fla., to watch Jon Gruden’s QB Camp taping with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. He has written up Gruden’s five biggest takeaways from the interview and throwing sessions below, in Gruden’s voice.
1. Steve Young is who I see when I watch Johnny Manziel’s tape
Now, it’s the Steve Young we saw coming out of BYU, not the finished product who won a Super Bowl and became a first-ballot Hall of Famer. But the similarities are there, and it’s exciting: He’s very fast, all over the place athletically, very similar size. My dad was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they took Young in the supplemental draft back in 1984. I remember him studying a lot of Young’s tape at BYU and with the L.A. Express (USFL). There’s a lot of common ground: their size, speed, playmaking ability and upside. The upside is tremendous.
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Analyst for “Monday Night Football” and NFL draft
Won Super Bowl XXXVII coaching Tampa Bay Bucs