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Manziel has a horrendous day to start Browns camp

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For the second year in a row, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is going to have to come from behind if he is going to win the race to be named as the Browns starter.

Manziel lost the race to start in game one last year with Brian Hoyer getting the nod ahead of him, this year, it appears Josh McCown is set to win the race.

Off to a bad start

Last year, Manziel was the highly anticipated rookie, this year he is the recently out of rehab second year and neither has appeared to work for him.


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The Browns began their pre-season camp on Thursday and it went a long way to showing head coach Mike Pettine's plans and how some of their players could be set to fare this season.

McCown was participating as the starter with the first team while Manziel played as quarterback with the back ups.

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His placement amongst the back ups could a signal of intent from Pettine and if that wasn't enough to put Johnny Football out of the running for the starting spot, his performance may have done it for him.

Playing with limited contact and no pads, Manziel's first four drop backs resulted in two sacks, one pass almost intercepted and another batted down at the line of scrimmage.

Manziel seemed to struggle on the opening day of camp and if he is going to be trying to win over Pettine and prove that he should be the team's starter, this was probably the wrong way to go about it.

McCown reportedly performed well on the first day of camp and should he continue to do so, NFL fans may have to wait even longer to see what Manziel can do in the NFL.

Manziel has of course started two games in the NFL, one was a 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and the other he left early after getting injured against the Carolina Panthers.

Big year for the Browns?

Cleveland made a lot of changes in the off-season with the most notable being the signing of McCown - formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

There were doubts surrounding McCown following his terrible season with the Buccaneers who finished as the league's worst team last season.

However the Browns also brought in former quarterback turned wide receiver Terrelle Pryor who was reportedly impressive on day one of camp.

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