Manziel expected to act as back-up but Pettine leaves door open to start.
Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine has revealed that quarterback Brian Hoyer is “securely ahead” of his rival Johnny Manziel on the final day of mini-camp.
Pettine left the door open for the rookie signal-caller to close the gap, but admitted that due to Hoyer’s experience with the team and in the league, he has the edge for now.
“I don’t think it’s insurmountable,” Pettine said on the final day of Browns minicamp. “I think that Brian is securely ahead of him right now, but we will compete and we will decide.”
Manziel is expected to get playing time during the pre-season schedule in order to allow him to have the opportunity to gain familiarity with his team-mates on the field.
However, reports claim that Hoyer has looked better during practices, while Manziel is still inconsistent although coach Pettine is adamant that the youngster shouldn’t concern himself with where his rival is at, and must focus on improving his own game in order to make the decision more difficult.
The former Texas A&M quarterback has courted criticism since being drafted in the first round by the Browns, with many questioning the amount of time he has spent at sporting events and partying.
Manziel has been seen in Las Vegas and various other spots since entering the league, although he maintains that he is working hard and doing all the things being asked of him by the Browns but is simultaneously enjoying his new position too.