Johnny Manziel says Russell Wilson paving the way for shorter quarterbacks

Texas A&M star quarterback Johnny Manziel has a live arm, speed and elusiveness working in his favor.

What he doesn't have is ideal height. The 6-foot former Heisman Trophy winner says it won't matter, though, pointing to 5-foot-11, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as a prime example.

"I think he's kicked the door wide open," Manziell told the Houston Chronicle. "You're seeing more guys being successful avoiding that first wave of pressure -- get out and do things outside the pocket."

A former third-round draft pick, Wilson led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl win over the Denver Broncos.

Both Manziel and Wilson have the ability to improvise.

"Wilson does some things he's not asked to do when things don't go exactly as scripted," Manziel said. "He's able to extend the play. .. The game's evolving. You have to be able to create plays.

"I want to be a pocket passer too and be able to pick apart defenses and beat teams with my arm. But when a play breaks down, the scrambling and running ability [take over]."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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