The team, however, plans on reining in Johnny Football's expectations.
Owner Jimmy Haslam said Monday that the team told Manziel to act "like a backup quarterback," per ESPN.com.
"We were frank with (Manziel) on Friday that's the expectation, you're the backup quarterback," Haslam said while speaking at a Pro Football Hall of Fame luncheon in Canton, Ohio, per The Plain Dealer. "This is a hard-working, blue-collar town, this isn't Hollywood. We want you to come in and go to work."
"It's his job to lose," Haslam said of Hoyer.
Manziel's teammates said before the team's annual charity golf outing that the rookie wouldn't be automatically granted the job.
"I think good old Johnny Football is going to be a good addition to Cleveland," center Alex Mack said Monday. "Don't know who the starter is going to be, though."
That is the man snapping you the ball, Johnny.
At the end of the day, the players acknowledged that Manziel's off-field popularity is meaningless as long as the team wins.