Browns are not promising starting job to Johnny Manziel

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CANTON, Ohio — Johnny Manziel has a Heisman Trophy, celebrity friends and fame.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel throws a pass before an NCAA college football game against the Sam Houston State in College Station, Texas. Manziel could be the answer to Cleveland's prayers at quarterback.   FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel throws a pass before an NCAA college football game against the Sam Houston State in College Station, Texas. Manziel could be the answer to Cleveland's prayers at quarterback.

At the moment, he doesn’t have a starting job. And it might be that way for a while.

Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam said Monday the Browns have told Johnny Football to start acting like a backup quarterback.

Speaking at a Pro Football Hall of Fame luncheon, Haslam said the Browns were excited to select Manziel, Texas A&M’s dynamic, playmaking quarterback, in the first round of the draft.

However, although Manziel has brought a buzz to Cleveland and made the Browns fashionable, Haslam quickly ended any speculation that the highly touted QB will soar past Brian Hoyer on the depth chart.

“We were very frank with him that ‘You’re the backup quarterback. This is a hardworking, blue-collar town. This isn’t Hollywood,’” Haslam said. “’We want you to come in here, work hard and work as hard as anybody on the team.’ He’s not the starter. Brian Hoyer is our starting quarterback. Johnny is the backup.”

One quarterback Manziel won’t be competing with is Vince Young, who was released Monday.

The team signed Young on May 1.

RAMS: Wide receiver Stedman Bailey was suspended without pay for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

Bailey was a third-round draft pick last year out of West Virginia, and made two starts.

ACC SCHEDULING: The Atlantic Coast Conference football coaches and athletic directors say they should play at least one major conference program every year.

Commissioner John Swofford announced Monday during the league’s annual spring meetings that the coaches and ADs have recommended the conference schedule remain at eight games.

They also recommended that every school should play either Notre Dame or a team from one of the other major conferences – the Big Ten, Big 12, Southeastern or Pac-12 conferences – during the regular season.

The schools’ faculty athletic representatives will vote Thursday on the recommendation. If approved, it would take effect in 2017.

The SEC announced a similar scheduling policy last month.


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