The most exciting player in college football history has until August 23rd to prove he deserves to be the Browns’ starting QB.
Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine announced on Monday that he will name the team’s starting quarterback by the 3rd preseason game.
The Browns QB competition includes Brian Hoyer, who went 3-0 as a starter before a season ending injury in Week 4, and rookie 1st-round draft pick Johnny Manziel, a former Heisman trophy winner from Texas A&M.
Hoyer has been viewed as a frontrunner due to his experience and success in his three starts for the Browns. Manziel, on the other hand, was a star in college but had questionable NFL readiness; he dropped to the 22nd pick in the draft before being taken by the Browns.
“Yeah, it’s definitely still up in the air,” Pettine said in an interview with the Beacon Journal. “It could be sooner, and that’s something we’re going to discuss in that meeting. It’ll be before the third preseason game. I just don’t have a date. I don’t know if I’ll set a date and kind of paint ourselves into a date, but it will be sooner than the third preseason game.”
The Cleveland Browns hired Pettine to be their head coach on January 23, 2014. This will be his first year as an NFL head coach.