Johnny Manziel 'absolutely' expects to win Browns starting job

Johnny Manziel isn't going to change he says.
Johnny Manziel 'absolutely' thinks he'll win Cleveland's starting QB gig. (USATSI)

Basically everything surrounding Johnny Manziel's offseason involved his offseason antics. And most of that everything's been about everyone else debating Manziel. But while we're busy talking about Johnny Football off the field, he's still worried about what happens on the field.

And he "absolutely" expects to win the starting Browns job.

"Absolutely," Manziel said when asked about starting Week 1.

What else could he say? If you make it to the NFL level as a quarterback, you've got some confidence in your ability. And not using the confidence from your success would be a major mistake and/or ridiculous.

"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."

There's a good chance Manziel can win the starting job. His only obstacle is Brian Hoyer; despite playing extremely well at the start of 2013 (before an ACL injury) it's not like we're talking about a superstar ahead of him on the depth chart.

But there's also the matter of being prepared to play at the NFL level. The game speeds up immensely from college to the pros and the transition is never easy.

Jordan Cameron (reportedly "impossible to cover" during early offseason sessions) is a nice weapon at tight end, but assuming Josh Gordon misses time this is a weakened group of skill-position weapons. (No offense to Andrew Hawkins. Or Nate Burleson.)

If Manziel wins the gig he'll be short-changed by the lack of weapons. But maybe he won't have to worry about his bossman wanting him to "tone it down" if he's good enough to land the starting gig.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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