Browns not guaranteeing Manziel starting job

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm •  Published: May 12, 2014
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CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Johnny Manziel has a Heisman Trophy, celebrity friends and fame.

At the moment, he doesn't have a starting job. And it may be that way for a while.

Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam said Monday the Browns have told Johnny Football to start acting like a backup quarterback.

Speaking at a Pro Football Hall of Fame luncheon, Haslam said the Browns were excited to select Manziel, Texas A&M's dynamic, playmaking quarterback, in the first round of the draft.

However, although Manziel has brought a buzz to Cleveland and made the Browns fashionable, Haslam quickly ended any speculation that the highly touted QB will soar past Brian Hoyer on the depth chart.

"We were very frank with him that 'You're the backup quarterback. This is a hardworking, blue-collar town. This isn't Hollywood,'" Haslam said. "'We want you to come in here, work hard and work as hard as anybody on the team.' He's not the starter. Brian Hoyer is our starting quarterback. Johnny is the backup."

Haslam called Manziel "ultra-competitive" and feels the 21-year-old will come to training camp with the right attitude. He knows Manziel wants to prove he can succeed in the NFL.

"I think you'll find a guy that's really hardworking, a serious guy that doesn't want to be a three-year-in-the-league flash and out who makes a lot of money on endorsements," Haslam said speaking to a crowd of 500, most of them hardcore Browns fans. "He's a football player."

During his 35 minutes at the podium, Haslam recapped the club's draft weekend, highlighted by the club taking Manziel with the No. 22 overall pick.

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