Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Manziel, the Man in Cleveland?

Manziel and Heisman Trophy
The Cleveland Browns have two contending quarterbacks this season: Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel.  Manziel worked out some with the starters this week, but the start was not indicative of anything in particular other than getting the popular rookie some play with team one.   Coach Mike Pettine says that Hoyer will likely start in the teams first preseason contest on Saturday against the Detroit Lions. 

Brian Hoyer spent three long years in New England behind Tom Brady and in his last year with the Patriots had a 100% completion rate: 1 for 1.  He saw a little more action in Arizona in 2012 and last year joined the Browns with quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell.  Both Weeden and Campbell are gone, but Hoyer may have his work cut out for him to beat out the rookie Manzel.  

Hoyer has limited experience himself on the NFL playing field.  There are questions about Manziel’s capability as a pro quarterback although there was so much hype surrounding him as a college player.  Physically, Hoyer looks more like a pro quarterback at 6-foot-3 while Manziel is 6-foot.  But the contest for number one is likely to be won or lost on the pre-season playing field.  

The starter will open the regular-season opener Sept. 7 at the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Steelers defensive coordinator, ageless Dick LeBeau, stated that he is preparing for Manziel.  An honest assessment, or a little football talk to feed any discord in Cleveland over their impending quarterback choice?

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