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Johnny Manziel takes first-team reps at Browns OTAs

Johnny Manziel's high-octane voyage to Sin City hasn't kept the rookie from making progress on the field with the Browns.

NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported that the former Texas A&M quarterback opened Wednesday's organized team activities with Cleveland's second-team offense after spending last week's sessions exclusively with the No. 3s.

The No. 22 overall pick then jumped ahead of veteran Brian Hoyer to run 11-on-11 drills with the first-teamers while journeyman Tyler Thigpen stuck with the third heat from wire to wire.

Our advice? Don't read too much into this. At least not immediately.

While Hoyer took "dialed back" 11-on-11 snaps last week, he hasn't been fully cleared for action on the heels of major knee surgery.

Granted, Johnny Football wasn't drafted to hold a clipboard, but Manziel and Hoyer will continue to work with a variety of skill-set groupings as play-caller Kyle Shanahan assesses his roster. The team's offensive coordinator later told the Akron Beacon Journal that Manziel's first-team reps were part of a schedule, adding that the staff is "mixing it up with everybody."

These much-ballyhooed late-May snaps are all we have to cling to before teams go dark in late June, but if Cleveland is serious about generating competition under center, the pecking order won't be decided until quarterbacks are doing more than throwing to air.

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