Starting role: Browns name Johnny Manziel full-time starter

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BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Johnny Manziel is no longer just a celebrated backup for the Browns.

The second-year quarterback will start the rest of Cleveland's games this season, taking over for veteran Josh McCown who missed the past two games with injured ribs.

The Browns made the announcement before practice on Tuesday, two days after Manziel passed for 372 yards in a 30-9 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday. Manziel also flashed a few of those Johnny Football moments that made him famous at Texas A&M, scrambling to turn broken plays into big gains.

Browns coach Mike Pettine hinted at the switch on Monday when he offered high praise for Manziel, who has had a bumpy start in his NFL career but has shown some progress. Manziel shook off an early turnover - he fumbled on Cleveland's first play - and completed 33 of 45 passes with one touchdown.

The Browns (2-8) had hoped to get that kind of performance earlier from the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, who followed a rough rookie season by spending 70 days in a rehab facility for an unspecified condition. Manziel also remains under league investigation for a recent domestic incident.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Brown gets set to throw as Quinton Coples #98 of the New York Jets closes in during the third quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium on September 13, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 31-10. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 20: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 20, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates running back Dion Lewis (28) scoring a touchdown on a pass, during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Washington Redskins inside linebacker Will Compton (46) pursues Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) sacks Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) throws under the protection of guard John Greco (77) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) sacks Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) looks to pass under pressure from Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield (96) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) reacts after Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) was sacked during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel passes during practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel throws on the run during practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Young fans clamor for autographs from Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) after practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Rex Grossman, left, talks with Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Connor Shaw, Johnny Manziel (2) and Brian Hoyer (6) during practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. The Browns announced earlier that had signed Grossman, an unrestricted free agent, and waived quarterback Tyler Thigpen. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel passes during practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Johnny Manziel (2) and Brian Hoyer throw a pass during NFL football practice at the team's training camp in Berea, Ohio. heir helmet-to-helmet, throw-for-throw competition down to its final days. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel signs for fans after practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) passes during practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel passes during practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Brian Hoyer, left, and Johnny Manziel take snaps during practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) walks off the field after losing to the Detroit Lions 13-12 in the a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Brian Hoyer, left, and Johnny Manziel drop back to pass during NFL football practice at the team's training camp in Berea, Ohio. heir helmet-to-helmet, throw-for-throw competition down to its final days. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) escapes a diving Detroit Lions outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy (95) in the second half of a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) audibles against the Detroit Lions in the second half of a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) scrambles from the Detroit Lions rush in the second half of a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) scrambles from Detroit Lions strong safety Don Carey (26) in the first half of a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
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McCown was brought in to mentor Manziel, and by all accounts, the 36-year-old has helped groom the talented and troubled quarterback. McCown played well but went 1-6 as a starter, and the Browns believe it's time to get a longer look at Manziel to determine if he is their future franchise quarterback.

McCown said Monday that he could understand if the Browns wanted to turn their offense over to Manziel.

"If that's the case, that's the case," he said. "We'll move forward accordingly. Just from a philosophical standpoint, if you pick somebody in the first round and they start to play and start to do some good things, I understand it if that's the decision."

The Browns have a bye this week before hosting Baltimore on Nov. 30 in a prime-time matchup certain to draw more TV viewers with Manziel starting.

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