Johnny Manziel wants to make Dawg Pound proud in start against Bengals

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CLEVELAND- The Cleveland Browns officially named Johnny Manziel as the starting quarterback against the Cincinnati Bengals.

John Telich gave us his takeaway on Manziel’s start this weekend.

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After a 7-6 start, the Cleveland Browns have only three games left in the regular season, and Manziel has finally earned his place among the starters.

"This decision is really not about Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel, it is about the Cleveland Browns. We are always going to make decisions that we feel are in the best interest of the team," head coach Mike Pettine said in a statement on Tuesday.

Hoyer has only thrown for one touchdown in the last five games, and had a rough day during the team's 25-24 loss to the Colts last Sunday.

"I’ve tried to spend my entire season learning what it takes to become a pro and it’s been great to watch Brian because he knows what it takes. I’ve prepared every week to be ready to help the team however possible and my focus has been on improving every day.  I’m very excited to get out on the field with my teammates on Sunday and to have the opportunity to make the Dawg Pound proud," Manziel said.

The news of Manziel's start was first reported by ESPN's Jay Glazer.

The Browns and Bengals kick off at 1p.m. this Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. Watch the game on Fox 8.

Meanwhile, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis apologized again on Tuesday for calling Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel "a midget," saying his comment was insensitive and offensive.

Lewis called the 6-foot quarterback "a midget" during a radio show on Monday night and later issued an apology.

He released a statement on Tuesday saying he realizes that his comment "was offensive to people of short stature and to their families and friends. It was thoughtless on my part to use the word I did, and not excusable, and I greatly regret it."

Lewis says he has read about the issue on the Little People of America website.

He has also apologized to Manziel and the Browns.

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