The Browns’ polarizing rookie QB “Johnny Football” has somewhat divided the Cleveland roster over who should be the team’s starting QB.
The Cleveland Browns locker room is reportedly unsure as to which of the two frontrunners for the QB position – veteran Brian Hoyer or heralded rookie Johnny Manziel – should be the team’s official starter.
Browns Safety Donte Whitner told Peter King of Sports Illustrated that the competition has been “fierce”.
“Two guys fighting for their lives,” Whitner said. “It’s close. I’d say (the locker room) is split about 50-50. We know they both can play.”
Hoyer went 3-0 as a starter in 2013 before suffering a season ending leg injury. The team was 1-12 in games he did not start. He was named the starter shortly after head coach Mike Pettine was hired – well before the team drafted Johnny Manziel, aka Johnny Football, out of Texas A&M with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2014 draft.
Hoyer started the first preseason game against the Lions, but the team announced that Manziel will start the second game against Washington on August 18th.