May 9, 2014; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns first round draft pick Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) during a press conference at the Cleveland Browns Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns say Johnny Manziel will have fair shot to start

When the season begins, might Johnny Manziel be under center for the Cleveland Browns?

It’s a possibility, assuming he’s able to win the starting quarterback job, a competition which head coach Mike Pettine says will be balanced and fair.

“I don’t know if they’re going to be sending each other Christmas cards anytime soon,” Pettine said with a smile at the Positive Coaching Alliance breakfast at FirstEnergy Stadium. “But they know they’re both in it together and they’re going to compete and I think they both feel comfortable that as a staff we’re going to put the best quarterback (out there) that puts us in position to win games.”

Manziel will be going against Brian Hoyer, who before a season ending injury, looked very solid for the Browns.

Of course, unless Hoyer is absolutely flawless, fans (and media, especially) will be clamoring for Manziel to get the starting gig so it seems as if Hoyer is essentially in a no-win situation.

Manziel, who participated in the Browns rookie minicamp this past weekend, said he and Hoyer have already spent time together working on some drills last week and that there is no friction between the two players.

Sounds like its shaking out to be an impressive battle for the starting quarterback position.

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