Brian Hoyer to start Browns’ first preseason game under center

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By many accounts, rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel “won” training camp on Wednesday, but Brian Hoyer will be getting the start on Saturday when the Browns and Lions lock horns for the 2014 Great Lakes Classic.

Manziel’s playbook wrestling has him behind Hoyer for now, but this competition is far from over. The man they call Johnny Football has begun to earn more first-team reps in practice lately, and is not ruled out to be starting the second preseason game.

Browns head coach Mike Pettine is expected to name his starting quarterback before the team’s third preseason game, at home against the St. Louis Rams. Browns players have gone on record to say that they believe Hoyer will be under center, but Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau believes the No. 22 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft will get the nod.

For now, the Battle of the Barge will be up to the St. Ignatius product. WFNY will have more on Wednesday’s Training Camp later today.

(Photo: Scott Sargent/WFNY)

  • CB Everett

    “Manziel’s playbook wrestling has him behind Hoyer.”

    Sincerely curious if this (a struggling to master the playbook as well as Hoyer) is the cause? Didn’t hear coach or anyone articulate any performance-based reason why Hoyer was starting over JFF…other than general “rookies need to learn and earn their spots” type of vague talk throughout camp.

  • Natedawg86

    It may be all they have at this point. Better than someone…ahem… saying they would flip a coin!!


    But what if the first play will be from the shotgun formation, not under center?

  • When asked about the QB competition, Manziel’s exact quote was “It’s me versus the playbook.”

  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Maybe they’ll use both like Ohio State did that one season with Jackson and the other guy I forget.

  • CB Everett

    Thanks. Was wondering where that came from.

    At the risk of reading too much into things (which is too late at this point), his quote comes off as supremely confident (or dripping with cockiness)—as in, “The only thing that’s keeping me from winning this battle is me and learning this offense.”

    Hoping that confidence and competitive fire is a good thing.

  • eldaveablo

    I just hope Suh will be long gone by the time JFF takes the field. (insert GIF of Delhomme being beheaded)

  • MrCleaveland

    Well I’m glad that’s settled. Now I can go get that emergency brain surgery I’ve been putting off until the starter was announced. Wish me lu . . . . gaaaak . . .

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’ll pray for you!

  • mgbode

    we have a Bitonio to take care of such matters now 😉

  • MrCleaveland

    That’s nice of you, Sham . . . but really, I’d rather you pray for Johnny. He’s so much more worthy.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I was raised not to worship fake idols!

  • RGB

    Does that mean ESPN won’t be covering it?

  • RGB

    I want to see Suh holding up JFF’s head and spine, Predator-style.
    Oops, did I just say that out loud?