Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will enter training camp behind Brian Hoyer in their battle to be the starter. And as any good competitor would say, Manziel intends to win that battle.
Manziel said recently that he "absolutely" expects to be Cleveland's starter when they open the season Sept. 7 against the Steelers.
"I want to play," Manziel said via NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala. "That's what anybody wants to do. Anybody that's been a starter in the past, and been playing, they want to play. 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 is correct. Ever NFL player with an opportunity to start should desire to start. In any walk of life, anybody with a chance to achieve their goal should strive for it even if they face obstacles. These quotes aren't ground-breaking, just another instance of Manziel's competitiveness coming out. Manziel is going to give it his all in camp. Hoyer's lead over Manziel isn't insurmountable, and I think Manziel will indeed start versus the Steelers in a little more than two months. I assume that's what the Browns' coaches want. I know that's what Browns fans want. I think Manziel will have to sustain injury or falter greatly in August to begin the year as a backup. He can be a decent QB2 in a run-heavy offense because of his own running ability.
And for what it's worth, I'm not concerned about how much he goes out on the town or parties. He can hold money bricks like a phone and do whatever as long as he doesn't break the law or shirk his responsibilities. I've always been told that it doesn't matter what you do in your personal life as long as it doesn't get in the way of your duties, professional or otherwise. If Manziel lives by a similar adage, he won't be a problem in the league. He'll just be a good football player who likes to have fun when he can. I'm sure there are hundreds of players who do things in the same vein as Johnny, but they don't attract the same media storm. That's gotta be a trying existence.