Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel rushed for a touchdown and looked very sharp in the preseason opener against the Redskins.

Maybe, just maybe, we’re now entering a new era for Johnny Manziel football.

After going through rehab this offseason, and much needed self-evaluation time, the Cleveland Browns second-year quarterback came up with a nice outing in his first preseason action of 2015.

In relief of starter Josh McCown, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner completed seven of 11 passes for 42 yards. He also scampered for a 12-yard touchdown in the second quarter which gave his Browns the 14-3 lead.

In the end it wasn’t enough as the Washington Redskins took the meaningless exhibition by the final of 20-17.

A new Manziel though? Quite possibly.

He didn’t flash his world-renowned “money” sign after scoring the touchdown.

There’s no question the kid has talent. Even the Manziel bashers cannot deny that. An opinion that he isn’t good enough to make it in the NFL as a gunslinger is fair, but he has something, that special “it” factor most guys don’t.

We saw it numerous times in college, and if he keeps his head screwed on straight, we’ll see it again at this level.

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