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Brian Hoyer to enter training camp as Browns' starter

The Cleveland Browns are sticking to their word at the quarterback position.

Coach Mike Pettine told reporters Thursday that rookie Johnny Manziel will stare up at Brian Hoyer when training camp opens next month.

"When we put the depth chart together, Brian will be No. 1," Pettine said, per NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala.

While acknowledging that Hoyer's play has been better, Pettine noted that Manziel will see his share of first-team snaps and still has a shot to win the job, saying: "I don't think it's insurmountable."

Manziel has struggled at times with his reads and progressions during offseason sessions, with observers noting that his decision-making and release need work. The former Texas A&M star has shown a tendency to stare down targets, but he's also displayed more athleticism and quickness than Tyler Thigpen.

The more experienced Hoyer has shown a faster release and looked "far superior" making second and third reads, per Kinkhabwala.

Twitter erupted when Manziel fumbled a snap under center on Thursday, but his rockier moments are nothing more than a reminder of the growing pains all rookie passers encounter.

While no quarterback competition will generate more attention this summer, we don't take much stock in the pecking order on June 12.

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