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Johnny Manziel says it’s the Browns’ playbook standing between him and the starting lineup


(Aaron Josefczyk/Associated Press)

Johnny Manziel celebrates by rubbing his fingers together to signify getting money. Johnny Manziel’s best friend Drake made him a special Cleveland Browns jersey. Johnny Manziel parties in Vegas on inflatable swans. Johnny Manziel is Johnny Manziel. So when he told the Associated Press, “It’s really me versus the playbook right now,” when talking about his competition to become Cleveland’s starting quarterback this season, it probably shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.

According to Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, though, Manziel has yet to surpass Brian Hoyer as the favorite to start. The AP writes:

“Shanahan said there is no clear leader between Hoyer and Manziel. Shanahan is hoping one of the QBs takes off and makes the decision easier for Cleveland’s coaching staff.”

As for Hoyer, he seems to have nothing but great things to say about his young and popular rival. He told Sports Illustrated:

“All I can say about the kid is when he’s in the building, he does everything the right way. He’s in meetings, he’s asking questions, he’s working hard. I got asked the other day about his offseason. I don’t know anything about that. I have no idea. But there are no rules about what you can and can’t do when you’re away from the building. He’s definitely a talented kid and he is who he is, a guy who won the Heisman Trophy.”

Hoyer stopped short of calling Manziel a guy who’s an NFL starting quarterback, though.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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