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Is Johnny Manziel closing the gap on Brian Hoyer?

Manziel battling with Brian Hoyer for starting spot. Jason Butt

Print This August 03, 2014, 02:02 PM EST

All throughout the offseason, the Browns' front office has tried to convey the message that Brian Hoyer is the team's starter and Johnny Manziel is the backup.

But as the Akron Beacon-Journal's Nate Ulrich writes, could that be changing?

At a Browns scrimmage at the University of Akron, Manziel showed off his playmaking style in front of fans that were in attendance. In addition, it appears the coaching staff, according to Ulrich, may be thinking that Manziel is closing the gap on Hoyer for the starting spot.

For the longest time, the notion of Hoyer being the team's definite starter has always been seen as suspect. Though Hoyer was impressive in the three games he played during the 2013 season, Manziel offers a special playmaking ability to this team. The Browns could be without Josh Gordon this year, depending on the results of his appeal for a season-long ban after another failed drug test, and Manziel would offer a skill set to help combat the lack of downfield receiving targets on this year's team.

For Manziel, it looks like he's not looking at this as closing the gap on Hoyer, but as working toward proving he does in fact deserve to start when Week 1 rolls around.

“There’s no gap that I’m looking at right now,” Manziel said, via the newspaper. “It’s know the playbook, know everything. There’s still so many little things here and there that can throw a play and change a play and a defensive look, and that’s stuff that I wasn’t used to. Now I’m seeing it, adjusting, learning.”

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