Atlanta Falcons star running back Devonta Freeman believes that the New England Patriots will be the perfect team for quarterback Johnny Manziel to revive his NFL career. In an interview with celebrity website TMZ, Freeman said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and the organization could help Manziel turn things around and live up to his billing as a 22nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Freeman stressed that it would be "sky's the limit" for Manziel if he joins the Patriots, adding that he’s not surprised by New England’s interest in the troubled quarterback because he has full of potential.

In his two disappointing seasons with the Cleveland Browns, Manziel started eight of 14 games, completing 147-of-258 passes for 1,675 yards and seven touchdowns with seven interceptions. He also ran 46 times for 259 yards and a score. He was released by the Browns in 2016 due to several off-field troubles.

Patriots interested in Manziel

When Manziel threw during the University of San Diego’s Pro Day, the Patriots were one of 13 teams in attendance. After the Pro Day, the Patriots showed further interest in Manziel as they brought in the quarterback to get an official weight, according to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports. New England scouts were also present during Texas A&M Pro Day where Manziel threw to his former school’s receivers, including their top wideout Christian Kirk.

Manziel was impressive in both Pro Days, further increasing the Patriots’ interest in the quarterback. According to Karen Guregian of The Boston Herald, the Patriots interviewed Manziel before and after the workout.

Manziel willing to become Brady’s backup

The Patriots currently have veteran Tom Brady as starter and Brian Hoyer as a backup.

Bringing in Manziel as the third signal-caller will be a low-risk move for the team that could pay high dividends if the former Heisman Trophy regains his deadly form. Manziel could serve as a backup in case Brady goes down with an injury.

In a recent interview with TMZ, the 25-year-old Manziel said he would accept a backup role with the Patriots in a heartbeat, saying it will be a big honor to learn under Brady.

Manziel said he would play in the CFL if any NFL squad doesn't sign him. The Patriots, for their part, are expected to select a quarterback at some point in the 2018 NFL Draft as a possible backup and heir-apparent to Brady, who expressed his intention to play until he’s 45 years old.