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Manziel's jersey sales won't determine depth chart, says coach

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Johnny Manziel is a phenomenon that coined the nickname 'Johnny Football' as he dominated college football over two years as the quarterback of the Texas A&M Aggies.

Now he plans on taking the NFL by storm after he was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd overall pick of the NFL Draft.

However, he has one more fight on his hands before he can truly attempt to destroy the NFL with his talents. He needs to become the starting QB for the Browns first.

Despite having never played a minute in the NFL, his jersey sales have been astronomical so far for the Browns.

This has led to an overall feeling that Cleveland should put Manziel in as their starting QB straightaway, and gain from the extra publicity that it would earn them.

However, Browns head coach Mike Pettine won't be swayed by Manziel's popularity.

"We have got a process in place that will determine who will be our starting quarterback. We're not in the business of letting the outside play a part in what we do," Pettine told NFL AM.

"We embrace the enthusiasm and it's something that we know will come with the territory of Johnny. He will be the first one to tell you that he earned 'Johnny Football' as a college quarterback.

"He knows he has to earn it as an NFL quarterback. We're not going to let jersey sales determine our depth chart."

As well as saying that Manziel is not an automatic starter, Pettine feels current starter Brian Hoyer has more than enough quality to battle for the starting berth head to head with the former Heisman Trophy winner.

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