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Browns player: Manziel 'made everything come to life'

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We'll soon find out who Mike Pettine chooses as the Browns' starting quarterback next Sunday in Indianapolis.

Cleveland players have been strong in their support of Brian Hoyer, a well-liked veteran who helped guide the Browns to the heart of the AFC playoff race. But Hoyer's recent struggles cannot be ignored, nor can the instant impact rookie Johnny Manziel made on Sunday against the Bills.

"I was excited to see him get a chance to show the league what he can do," said defensive end Billy Winn, according to The Plain Dealer. "He went out there and made everything come to life."

Manziel led the Browns on an 80-yard touchdown drive in his first possession, capping the march with a 10-yard scramble into the end zone.

"It makes you hesitate because the kid can take off and go," Winn said of opposing defenses. "He can fly. Johnny can fly. It's exciting. He's definitely an exciting guy to watch.

"You never know what he's going to do. You want a quarterback that can stay in the pocket and put it where it needs to be, but he's one of these guys that if his read's not there, he's going to take off and pick up what he can get."

It's that X-factor that makes you think it will be difficult for Pettine to not turn to the rookie against the Colts. Cleveland needs a spark, and that's exactly why Manziel was brought to town in the first place.

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