Manziel says first NFL start not 1-man deal

Dec 10, 2014 5:08 PM

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - His name atop the depth chart, Johnny Manziel intends to block out the hype and "just play football" in his first NFL start.

The Browns are starting the rookie sensation Sunday against the AFC North-leading Bengals over slumping veteran Brian Hoyer as Cleveland tries to keep its playoff hopes alive. Manziel said getting the chance to start is "a dream come true" and he's not going into the game with any expectations.

Manziel expects the atmosphere at FirstEnergy Stadium will "be nuts" as Browns fans finally get their first extensive regular-season look at Johnny Football. Manziel said the coaching staff is making he he's "over-prepared" for the game.

Hoyer says losing his job is tough, but he doesn't want "anyone to feel sorry for me. I got to live out a childhood dream."

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