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Manziel's preseason debut solid, but Browns fall to Lions 13-12 on late TD

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    Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) breaks the tackle of Detroit Lions outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy (95) in the first half of a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski) (The Associated Press)

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    Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) lines up against the Detroit Lions in the first half of a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski) (The Associated Press)

Johnny Manziel showed off some of his fancy footwork, and the Cleveland rookie looked sharp with his arm too in his preseason debut, although the Browns lost to the Detroit Lions 13-12 on Saturday night.

Manziel entered the game as a backup in the middle of the second quarter, and although he couldn't take his team to the end zone, he did go 7 of 11 for 63 yards, completing one more pass than starting quarterback Brian Hoyer. Manziel also ran for 27 yards on six carries, including a 16-yard scramble in the third quarter.

Matthew Stafford led the Lions to a field goal on his only drive of the game. Star receiver Calvin Johnson didn't play.

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