The Browns named Brian Hoyer the starting quarterback over Manziel on Tuesday.
Burleson, entering his first season with the Browns, said Manziel will still have a successful career.
“Johnny’s still the man,” Burleson, who has 11 NFL seasons under his belt, said Thursday after practice. “He’s still a really good quarterback. He’s an NFL-quality starting quarterback. ... Johnny being the No. 2, as you want to call it, we got arguably the best No. 2 in the NFL."
Manziel has reportedly struggled to learn Cleveland's playbook after not using one in college at Texas A&M. Burleson said Manziel, the No. 22 pick in the 2014 NFL draft, needs to improve parts of his game, including mastering the playbook.
"It’s not a bad thing for him to be the No. 2 [quarterback] Week 1. He is a rookie, still has a lot to learn and to do as a professional and as a player when it comes to the playbook. He’s going to be all right. I’m a Johnny Football fan.”
- Paul Palladino