Having officially been bumped to backup, Browns QB Johnny Manziel likely won’t see the field until well into the second half against the Rams.
The Cleveland Browns play against the St. Louis Rams in a preseason game to solidify their QB position and get much needed reps for the offense in the last game with major action for the starters before the season begins.
The Browns just this past week officially named QB Brian Hoyer as their starter for the 2014 NFL season, meaning rookie QB Johnny Manziel will ride the bench and play with the second-team offense in Saturday’s game against the Rams.
The decision came the day after Manziel made an obscene gesture to opposing players in the Browns Monday Night Football game against Washington. Manziel was fined $12,000 for giving the middle-finger on national television.
The Rams will give extended action to QB Sam Bradford, who was sharp in his first preseason game against the Packers, going 9 of 12 for 101 yards and a TD in the first half.
Rams DE Michael Sam will see action late in the game as he continues his quest to become the first openly gay NFL player to make a final 53-man roster. Sam was drafted by the Rams in the 7th round of the NFL draft, and recorded his first career sack late in the fourth quarter against the Packers.
Prediction: Browns – More depth on offense, and Manziel playing with the second-team defense will be a plus.