- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns, unspeakably miserable for years, have a major buzz about them. It may soon become deafening.

The Dawg Pound is barking - and some of its more rabid members are begging - for Johnny Manziel.

With starter Brian Hoyer on the sideline wearing a baseball cap and watching last week, Manziel, the Browns’ rookie quarterback with the quick feet, rocket arm and penchant for partying, scrambled, pump-faked and launched himself into the end zone for his first touchdown as a pro.

Cleveland’s crowd roared as if it won the Super Bowl.

Manziel popped to his feet, and Johnny Football, love him or hate him, flashed the signature “money” sign he made famous during two memorable seasons at Texas A&M.;

As he rubbed his fingers together, thousands of Browns fans in No. 2 jerseys, mimicked his gesture.

“That’s for those guys,” Manziel said afterward. “It’s not for me.”

But it’s all about Johnny, 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, man of the people and maybe the one who delivers Cleveland from football purgatory.

The Browns drafted Manziel in the first round with an eye toward the future, and it may be much closer than anyone thought. Manziel will begin the season as Cleveland’s No. 2 quarterback behind Hoyer, who fought his way back from offseason knee surgery and did just enough in training camp to hang on to the starting job.

Hoyer’s got the job, but he won’t have much security if he doesn’t win. Cleveland’s difficult early schedule - Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Baltimore before the bye - will make that even tougher.

First-year coach Mike Pettine plans to install a package of plays for the mobile Manziel, and it won’t be shocking if both quarterbacks play in the opener against the Steelers.

Manziel’s getting better. He’s adjusting to the speed of the game, making better downfield reads and doesn’t seem intimidated by anything. Maybe because he’s been inside a searing public spotlight for so long, he seems immune to the pressure. He expects to succeed - even in Cleveland, where quarterbacks are chewed up and spit out annually.

His time is coming.

“I don’t look at is as I was drafted to come in Day 1 and save the franchise,” he said. “For me, there’s no pressure, there’s no timetable. It’s to continue to develop, get smarter, get better, and whenever that time is, I’ll go out there and play football like I’ve been doing for the past years of my life.”

All eyes will be on Manziel, wherever he is, and here are some other things to watch with the Browns:

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