Manziel says he’s battling playbook, Hoyer

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BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Johnny Manziel says he’s competing with more than Brian Hoyer in the competition to be Cleveland’s starting quarterback.

Manziel said “it’s really me versus the playbook right now.” Following Thursday’s practice, the rookie QB acknowledged he’s had some ups and downs in his first week in training camp as he learns Cleveland’s offense. Manziel, though, believes he’s making some progress.

Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said there is no clear leader between Hoyer and Manziel. Shanahan is hoping one of the QBs takes off and makes the decision easier for Cleveland’s coaching staff.

Hoyer said he’s not worrying about his battle with Manziel as much as trying to make the Browns better.

Manziel has yet to work with Cleveland’s first-string offense, but coach Mike Pettine said that will change soon.

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