After a turbulent rookie season, and a rehab stint, Johnny Manziel remains in contention to be Cleveland Browns' number one quarterback.
Johnny Manziel remains in the running to be the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback for their NFL season-opener in September.
Manziel, coming off a tough rookie season, is working his way back into contention for the Browns' playmaker role, after only emerging from a drug rehabilitation stint in April.
When the 22-year-old joined the Browns' training camp in May, coach Mike Pettine made it clear the former first-round draft pick was behind Josh McCown in the pecking order.
But Pettine told ESPN on Monday that McCown is not necessarily the certain starter against the New York Jets on September 13 - leaving the door ajar for Manziel.
"The repetitions will be handled that way with Josh as the [number one]," Pettine said.
"I wouldn't say I'm guaranteeing today that Josh McCown is going to be the starter against the Jets. A lot can happen in pre-season."
Manziel, a Heisman Trophy winner, has shown plenty of upside in pre-season, according to Pettine - after failing to register a passing touchdown in his two starts last season.
"I would say he did a heck of a lot more good things in the spring than he did bad things," Pettine added.
Pettine went so far as to include Terrelle Pryor - trying to make the Browns' roster as a wide receiver - among his thoughts as a starting quarterback.
Pryor is the owner of the longest touchdown run by a quarterback in NFL history - 93 yards - when he started as a QB for the Oakland Raiders in the 2013 season.
Pettine did concede the 26-year-old had a few hurdles to clear first.
"I don't want to put the cart before the horse with him," Pettine said.
"He's got to make the roster."