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Manziel Determined to Be Starter Week 1

Elsa/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) -- Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is poised and ready to be the starter come Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Manziel said at the end of his first offseason training program on Friday that he expects to be the starter over Brian Hoyer.

"Absolutely," Manziel said.  "I want to play. That's what anybody wants to do. Anybody that's been a starter in the past, and been playing, they want to play," he said. "To say I don't want to be the starter, that would be ridiculous.

"I absolutely want to start, that's my goal. Hopefully I can achieve that."

Manziel credited Hoyer's work ethic and said that he can learn a lot from a quarterback that was an understudy to Tom Brady in New England.

"What I can learn from him, from a routine standpoint, from a knowledge standpoint, and where I need to get to," Manziel said. "When camp starts, I'll have a better grasp of the playbook. It won't feel like I'm brand new to everything. But still, I think everything coach Pettine said was spot on, that Brian obviously is ahead -- he's been doing this a lot longer than I have. I'm a rookie, and so I have a lot of ground to catch up on."


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