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Browns All-Pro lineman Joe Thomas says Johnny Manziel has proved he can be a starter

Johnny Manziel the starter?

Johnny Manziel the starter?

Tony Grossi of ESPN, feels Josh McCown will be the starter for the Browns when the season starts, but Joe Thomas the All-Pro tackle feels that Johnny Manziel has grown up, and he feels he is ready to be a starter.

“He’s really proved to a lot of people that this is important to him and he’s ready to be an NFL starting quarterback,” the offensive tackle said Friday, via the Northeast Ohio Media Group. “Playing well in the scrimmage tonight and looking like an NFL quarterback is another good step in the direction that he wants to go. He’s just earning that trust of his teammates that he’s going to need to do if he wants to be that starter. He impressed a lot of people out here tonight.”

“We always knew he had the talent,” Thomas said. “So it was never a matter of the talent that he had. You’re starting to see the work that he put in off the field, but the commitment that he’s made in the meeting room. Studying film when he doesn’t need to be. Doing the things that a starting quarterback has to do. I think you’re seeing it now that he’s in competitive situations he’s able to let that talent go and play well. And that’s what you saw today.”

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