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Johnny Manziel (left), Bryan Hoyer (right)
Ladies and gentlemen, this is your training camp main event! No other positional battle will be more analyzed and scrutinized on a local or national basis than Hoyer vs. Manziel. The family man against the rich party boy.
Brian Hoyer (6'2", 215 lbs)
The pride of Lakewood, Ohio, Brian Hoyer shocked the Dawg Pound when he rejuvenated a team that looked destined to tank following the Trent Richardson trade to the Indianapolis Colts in 2013.
In relief of an injured Brandon Weeden, Hoyer led the Browns to their first two wins of the season. A comeback on the road in Minnesota was followed by one at home over Cincinnati before an errant slide ended his campaign in a nationally televised Thursday night matchup against Buffalo.
Was it lightning in a bottle or foreshadowing greatness to come? How does Hoyer rebound from ACL surgery, and most importantly, can he stay healthy?
At 28, this is the six-year veteran's first shot at entering training camp as the favorite to start. He'll need to utilize all of the knowledge amassed from backing up Tom Brady in New England to hold off the media sensation that is Johnny Manziel.
Johnny Manziel (5'11", 210 lbs)
"Johnny Football," "Money Manziel" or just plain "Johnny"—call him what you like, but the drafting of Johnny Manziel made the Browns instantly relevant across North America.
His jersey is the league's top seller, and he's the reason Cleveland's season ticket sales spiked and its training camp's viewing space is booked solid. And don't forget about the Johnny billboards and memorabilia scattered across the city.
Is the former Heisman Trophy winner marketing hype, or is he ready to steal the starting quarterback job away from lifelong Browns fan Hoyer?
Weekly party photos and social media interaction lead many to believe that Manziel is not taking the beginning of his NFL career seriously. What we don't know is what No. 2 does during the daytime. Perhaps the Texas A&M star has the playbook memorized from cover to cover.
Media from across the country will invade Berea when training camp opens this week, and the microscope is going to be squarely fixed on Manziel. Is he ready and able to seize the opportunity?
Winner: Brian Hoyer
Brian Hoyer reportedly took only five days off all offseason. Focus, NFL experience and familiarity with the team all point to Hoyer being the opening day starter when the Browns begin their 2014 campaign against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Starting the Ohio native makes sense on multiple levels.
Steelers legendary defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau's complicated schemes could wreak havoc on a rookie QB. A more settled veteran like Hoyer would in theory have a better chance of not being as rattled.
Secondly, eating some humble pie might not be the worst thing for Manziel. He overcame obstacles to become a rock star in college, but taking a seat and viewing the big time for a while could help send the message that his highly publicized partying needs to be toned down.
However, if the Browns get off to a slow start, then get ready for relentless "Johnny" chants.
Andy McNamara is an international sports broadcaster and journalist.
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