Browns QB Johnny Manziel continued to work exclusively with the second-team offense, and veteran Brian Hoyer took all of the snaps with the first unit. Coach Mike Pettine said the staff would meet Sunday to discuss when it’ll give Manziel his first reps with the starters. On Thursday, Pettine and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan suggested it would happen soon.
So is the battle for the starting quarterback job closer than it was when camp opened July 26?
“I wouldn’t say that [it’s closer]. When camp began, Brian was the ones because we had to put somebody out there with the ones,” Pettine said. “But they were truly competing against each other, and at some point we will mix the units. I think that it’s all part of our evaluation process.”
According to the story, the bottom line is Manziel appears to have narrowed the gap between himself and Hoyer with his performance in the scrimmage. Manziel is still struggling to learn the playbook. however. the story added. The real news seems to be he's at least going to start getting a shot with the first team.