By Tyler McMullen @Direct_Snap on July 28, 2014
Johnny Manziel is perhaps the most talked about rookie and could even be the most talked about player overall in the NFL this season. There is much uncertainty surrounding the star quarterback and how his game will transition to the NFL level. While he is locked into a battle with veteran Brian Hoyer, Manziel has no reason to sit this season. Here are five reasons why Manziel should start for the Cleveland Browns in 2014.
Manziel is one of the more exciting players to watch play the QB position. Cleveland brought this guy in for two reasons. First and foremost, the team has no young QB to build the franchise around. Secondly, Manziel will help expand the fanbase and make the Browns a much more recognizable name due to the draw he brings.
Manziel is one of the most electric players to enter the NFL level in quite some time now, and he will surely be exciting to watch as he leads his team in the coming seasons. Manziel excites the fanbase and gets your blood boiling by finding himself in a jam and quickly escaping to hit his receiver 30 yards down the field for a touchdown. His awareness is simply through the roof and his athleticism is something incredible to watch.
Why should Cleveland sit their young franchise QB on the bench and wait any longer? Head coach Mike Pettine may not last long if Hoyer or any other QB struggles, but Jimmy Haslett may have a bit more patience with the younger signal caller than the veteran Hoyer. What is it going to hurt? Luck, RG3, Tannehill, Bradford, etc. all played immediately and were successful. Are you going to tell me Manziel cannot be as successful?
Unfortunately, WR Josh Gordon is probably not going to play this season, which is a huge blow offensively for the Browns, but the team can manage without Gordon if they play Manziel immediately. Manziel's athleticism helps open things up for players such as TE Jordan Cameron, WR Travis Benjamin, RB Ben Tate and others simply due to his ability to escape from the pocket and pick up a nice chunk of yardage. Can Hoyer do that?
Manziel ended his career with the Texas A&M Aggies with a career record of 20-6 and went down as one of the most polarizing players in college football history. "Johnny Football" has been characterized as a player with top-notch leadership, intensity, drive and passion, and all he does is win. Manziel rarely gives up and always fights until the whistle has blown. So I say why not Cleveland? It is time for the Manziel empire to rise in Ohio.
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