The Cleveland Browns are expected to have Brian Hoyer start at quarterback in their first preseason game although Johnny Manziel is gaining on him.
The Cleveland Browns have been holding an open competition for their starting quarterback job between veteran Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel.
Manziel is experiencing natural rookie growing pains in training camp, so Hoyer has a leg up on him in the competition for now. However, it has been reported that the former Heisman Trophy winner is gaining ground on him.
Although Manziel is showing steady improvement, Hoyer will presumably play with the first team in their first preseason game. “I don’t think he will. I think we’re going to let Brian (Hoyer) go. The circumstances could change that obviously,” head coach Mike Pettine said to NFL.com.
Hoyer showed some promise as a starting quarterback for the Browns last season when he led them on a 2-0 run before sustaining a season-ending knee injury.
Manziel has a lot of upside though, so he will be nipping at Hoyer’s heels. However, it may be wise for the Browns to give Manziel time to learn the offense on the bench as the Jaguars are doing with Blake Bortles.