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)
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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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