Hoyer to start second preseason game

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and later confirmed by the Browns, Brian Hoyer will reportedly make the start on Monday versus the Washington Redskins.

This is a different sentiment then last weekend when there was a report that Manziel was likely to start in the second preseason game. The news of Hoyer starting may lead many to believe that Hoyer is the favorite to win the starting quarterback job. But as Mike Pettine said this week, the starter is not important because both quarterbacks will split snaps with the ones. This news, though, conveys the feeling that Hoyer has a leg up in the competition because he has received both starts this preseason.

“It’s just something right now where we are comfortable with Brian going out there to start the game,” Pettine said. “I think it’s a little overblown as to who the starter is going to be. The key component, as I’ve stated earlier this week, is that we are going to balance the reps. We will play it a little by ear as it goes on, we haven’t truly decided as far as the rotation but the goal is, for when we look at the stat sheet at halftime, that they both have the same amount of repetitions and hopefully they both get a good amount of work.”

The second preseason game on Monday seems to be a big deciding factor in who will win the starting spot. Hoyer will get the first shot at making his case for the starting spot, but Manziel will still have a chance if he gets time with the ones. But for right now, the favorite to win the job seems to be trending towards Hoyer especially after this recent news.

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