Yes, it’s just the preseason, but Johnny Manziel posted a solid outing for the Cleveland Browns in the second half of Thursday night’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
Manziel completed 10-of-18 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown in relief of starter Josh McCown. Manziel helped pilot the Browns on an 11-play, 96-yard touchdown drive that showed off some of his raw ability.
Manziel was 5-for-6 for 82 yards on the drive that culminated with an impressive 21-yard touchdown pass to Shane Wynn. Manziel stepped up in the pocket and dropped a perfectly thrown ball into Wynn in the corner of the end zone.
Manziel also had a 37-yard completion to Darius Jennings earlier on the drive while rolling left and throwing back across his body.
Head coach Mike Pettine has said that McCown is the team’s starter and that doesn’t seem to be in doubt despite some flashes from Manziel Thursday night.
“I’m not going to sit here and stir up a quarterback controversy,” Pettine said after the game, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
McCown was intercepted twice on just 10 passes against Buffalo. He finished the game 7-of-10 for 57 yards with two picks.
Despite Pettine’s statement, if Manziel continues to play well it could be difficult to keep the former first-round pick off the field.