The Browns apparently weren’t kidding, when it came to clamping down Johnny-mania.
Much-anticipated rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel got to work with the rest of the roster today at Browns OTAs, but he had to wait to get that work in.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, veteran Brian Hoyer took the first reps in team drills. Then came veteran Tyler Thigpen, followed by Manziel.
Running Hoyer out there first was the plan, and is probably smart if only to keep expectations from getting unrealistic.
But putting the journeyman Thigpen in front of Manziel is also a gentle reminder that he’s still a rookie, and will need some time to adjust — time the Browns are willing to give him.