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Cleveland Browns Starting Rivalries Heating up Already

June 13th, 2014 at 8:37 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Browns just finished mandatory minicamp and will be off until training camp starts in late July. However, the battles for starting jobs have already begun.

Most Browns fans are paying attention to the quarterback battle between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziell. While Johnny Football Fever has gripped the city, it would be best for the entire team if Hoyer can just stay healthy enough to be available to start.

Head coach Mike Pettine said Hoyer is the starter, but Manziell will get a chance to play with the starters in the preseason.

"If a guy has a chance to be a starter, I would think that you would want to expose him to a starting defense if he was going to be the guy on opening day," he told the Beacon Journal.

Meanwhile, Ben Tate has staked his claim on the running back by stating that "there's nobody in that (running back) room that scares me," the Plain Dealer reported.

Third-round draft pick Terrance West, a running back from Towson University, responded, "I want to play. I want to be the starter, and I'm going to practice like a starter."

Tags: Cleveland, Cleveland Browns, Football, NFL

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