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Kyle Shanahan sees similarities with Johnny Manziel and RG3

Shanahan coached RG3 the past two years. Jason Butt

Print This May 31, 2014, 05:41 PM EST

When Robert Griffin III was a rookie, he thrived in Kyle Shanahan's offense in Washington.

Griffin completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns, throwing just five interceptions. He also ran for 815 yards and seven touchdowns.

Shanahan sees some parallels in his new rookie quarterback, now that he's in Cleveland. Speaking to USA Today, Shanahan said there are a lot of similarities between RG3 and Browns rookie Johnny Manziel.

"They're both talented guys who can make plays with their legs," Shanahan said. "But there comes a time in the NFL when they're going to keep you in the pocket, and you're going to have to have that ability to make the throws with your arm and mind. And Johnny, just like Robert, has that arm talent and intelligence to do that."

That's some lofty praise, even though RG3 did not have the 2013 season he hoped for when he came off an ACL tear.

The Browns have often stated that Brian Hoyer is the starter, though it hasn't been a believable notion. Manziel has the tools to be a starter as a rookie and should be given that chance as a first-round selection.

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