With Brian Hoyer slated to start, the Cleveland Browns could give extensive playing time to now-backup QB Johnny Manziel.
The Cleveland Browns will host the Chicago Bears on Thursday in the final week of the NFL preseason.
The Cleveland Browns, who recently named Brian Hoyer as the starting QB, will likely start rookie Johnny Manziel, who the team drafted No. 22 overall in the 2014 NFL draft. Despite fairly successful showings in the first three preseason games, Manziel was glossed over in favor of Hoyer and will not ride the bench for the start of his rookie season. This game will also in all likelihood be the last chance for the team to play All-Pro WR Josh Gordon, who is currently facing a year-long suspension for his third violation of the substance abuse policy.
The Bears have been efficient in the preseason despite a Friday blowout suffered against the Seattle Seahawks. QB Jay Cutler is finding his huge receivers Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey and Martellus Bennett, and now they have decided to use QB Jimmy Clausen as their primary backup for the 2014 season. Clausen will likely play the majority of the game at QB after the team cut Jordan Palmer.
Prediction: Browns – Assuming Johnny Manziel plays a majority of the snaps, the Browns could make the game very frustrating for the Bears backups who want to take him down or take him out.