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Mike Pettine says Josh McCown is not guaranteed to start in week one

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For the second year in a row, the Cleveland Browns are facing questions over who will be their starting quarterback in week one.

Last year it was the debate of rookie Johnny Manziel vs Brian Hoyer, this year however, it is the now second year Manziel facing competition from Josh McCown.

Once again, for the second year running, Manziel appears to be losing the race for the Browns starting spot ahead of pre-season.


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Manziel was a highly publicised rookie last year who the Browns seemed eager to ease into the NFL, this year, he is a second year  player just out of rehab who the Browns still seem unlikely to trust with the future of the franchise.

While everyone expects the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback to start in week one for the Browns, head coach Mike Pettine hasn't ruled Manziel out yet.

Facing the same questions he did last year, Pettine clearly has some experience of stirring the rumours ahead of the start of the Browns training camp.

"The repetitions will be handled that way with Josh as the 1. I wouldn't say I'm guaranteeing today that Josh McCown is going to be the starter against the Jets. A lot can happen in preseason." - Pettine on who could start

Confirming that as of right now, McCown is above Manziel, Pettine has left the door open for Johnny Football to grace the NFL again next season.

A lot of people had doubts when the Browns signed McCown in free agency after the veteran had a fairly disastrous year last season.

McCown started 11 games for the Buccaneers last year but was only able to lead them to one victory in those games.

The veteran of seven NFL teams - if you include a 17 day spell with the San Francisco 49ers, McCown looks set to seal the starting position if he can stay healthy in pre-season.

A familiar spot

Manziel will be used to having to work his way to the starting spot in Cleveland after his efforts to rise above Hoyer last year.

Aside from a rushing touchdown against the Buffalo Bills, Manziel didn't have many highlights from last season and his first start was a disaster.

Manziel led the Browns into a game with the Cincinnati Bengals in which Cleveland lost 30-0 in a game which most saw as the one which ended their faint play-off hopes.

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