With one preseason game in the books and 13 days until the all-important third exhibition contest, the Browns’ QB competition between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel is in full swing. But there’s no definite word yet on whom will start the second preseason game.
The Browns haven’t yet picked a starter for their August 18 exhibition at Washington, coach Mike Pettine told reporters on Sunday, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Hoyer started Saturday’s preseason opener, with rookie Manziel playing in relief. On Saturday, NFL Media’s Dan Hellie reported the Browns would start Manziel against Washington. That very well could still happen, what with time ticking on the Browns to make a decision. But Pettine didn’t make the call on Sunday.
According to the Beacon Journal, Pettine again said the club wanted to select a full-time starter before the team’s third preseason game on August 23 vs. St. Louis. However, Pettine also gave himself an out, indicating the timetable wasn’t permanent, Ulrich reported.
Pettine indicated Hoyer and Manziel will work with the starting offense in practice this week, per the Beacon Journal.
On Saturday, Manziel completed 7-of-11 passes for 63 yards and added 27 yards on the ground. Hoyer was 6-of-14 passes for 92 yards. Both quarterbacks led Cleveland to a pair of field goals.