It is officially Johnny Football time.
As reported by NFL Insider Jay Glazer the Cleveland Browns have made it clear to both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel that the rookie will be starting for the franchise's Week 15 contest against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The move comes with the Browns at 7-6 and having endured a tough few weeks with Hoyer under center.
With Hoyer having thrown just one TD and eight interceptions in the past five games the Browns are desperate for a change of fortune and seem set to place their faith in the controversial former Texas A&M star.
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Manziel replaced Hoyer for the final quarter of the Browns' recent game against the Buffalo Bills - registering a rushing touchdown in the process. Hoyer though kept hold of his starting job in Week 14 but clearly coach Mike Pettine has finally opted to seek a new approach.
Manziel's first start as a pro in the NFL is sure to garner widespread media attention with his off the field antics this season having done as much to draw headlines as his obvious talent at the quarterback position.
It is worth noting however that after a whirlwind start to life in the league - reports of non-stop partying and swearing at an opposition bench dominating the early months - things have quietened down.
It is perhaps then no coincidence that he has managed to convince the powers that be that he is ready to lead the Browns.
Remainder of the season
Manziel arrives under center with the Browns hanging on to hopes of playoff football.
Despite sitting bottom of the AFC North they remain in contention if they can win out in their remaining three games of the regular season.
Whether Johnny Football is the man capable of leading such a charge remains to be seen but the young QB certainly has the opportunity to audition for the long-term starting role going forward.
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