Tony Dejak/Associated Press
Ever since Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel saw his first action of training camp with the starters on Monday, "Manziel Mania" has ratcheted up about six notches among fans of the team.
Actually, as Bleacher Report NFL National Lead Writer Mike Freeman reports, that may be putting it mildly:
"He's like a son to me," says a lifelong Browns fan who identifies herself as Pat. She has never met Manziel.
"My thinking is that Johnny can lead us to a title in just a few years, if not sooner," says another Browns fan at camp.
However, among the players it's been a different story. As Freeman wrote, "I checked with players early in camp and then weeks later, and the message was the same. Manziel's skill level hasn't stood out."
With that said, though, veteran wideout Nate Burleson thinks the Browns are in a win-win situation at quarterback:
I love Johnny. I do. Johnny is for real. I like confident quarterbacks. I like guys that are borderline cocky. Both of those guys have that. You can see it. Johnny makes a play. He walks back and he's got a swag to him. His shoulders are bouncing. Same thing with 'B'. Hoyer would throw a ball and throw a little wink at you.
That's what I like. I like getting in the huddle and seeing these quarterbacks basically saying, 'I'm the captain of the ship. Let's hit the seas and let's go pillage and plunder what we want.' That’s exactly what these two guys got. We're going to follow their lead. This is an intense sport. We're not here to play around. We're here to make the city proud. We’re working for that. We've got a long way to go, but we've got two guys competing for the same spot and we can’t go wrong either way. It's exciting.
Brian Hoyer is expected to start the exhibition opener against the Detroit Lions. If things hold true to form, that would mean a few series for Hoyer and then quite a bit of playing time for Manziel.
That playing time will come with reserves against reserves, but it won't matter.
If Johnny Football plays well, the fans are going to go nuts.