It was the first preseason game for Cleveland QBs Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel.
Consider that it was the first pro game of any type for Manziel. It was the first game for Hoyer since he had ACL knee surgery last October. In some ways, both wanted to get through it without any major calamities. And they both accomplished that.
But it's so hard to draw any major conclusions, other than Hoyer's knee appeared sound and Manziel has a knack of using his legs to run for first downs. Hoyer didn't take any really hard hits. Manziel was belted a few times. Once, the trainers checked on him when he went to the sidelines. The rookie insisted he was OK.
This article is about as fair a piece comparing both QBs as you will find. There have been headlines saying Manziel was good and yet others say he was up and down - all coming from the same game, so there is some bias out there even by the media. The writer, Terry Pluto, breaks it down pretty well in this article saying those who want Manziel will only see his positives and those who want Hoyer will see the same. Both had positives and negatives against the Lions, though. Manziel will start game 2 of the preseason and the Browns are expected to decide on their starter before the third preseason game - which is considered the final tuneup before the regular season.