"I still keep in contact with a lot of people out in Cleveland and they give me a little backstory about what's going on sometimes," Ward told The Sports Show, via The Denver Post. "They just really don't know if he's the man or not, basically, and they're trying to get him to mature up and be that guy, but can he?"
It's no secret the Browns consider Manziel -- tucked away in rehab since January -- a sheer wild card at this stage. Coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer have carefully avoided heaping expectations on last year's first-round pick. Manziel's teammates, meanwhile, have openly questioned the quarterback's preparation.
Whether or not the players trust their quarterback, Cleveland's front office has already spoken. After scrambling to sign Josh McCown as an underwhelming veteran placeholder, the Brownsattempted to trade for Sam Bradford and remain in play to draft Oregon's Marcus Mariota. Whispers even have Johnny being shipped to another team.
Manziel's successful return to the field would serve as a major boost to Cleveland's talent-poor offense, but the Browns, wisely, aren't waiting around for that to pan out.