Not Johnny Football Time Just Yet, As Browns Will Start Hoyer Against Washington

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is pressured by Detroit Lions defensive end Larry Webster in the second half of a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Aug. 9.
Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is pressured by Detroit Lions defensive end Larry Webster in the second half of a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Aug. 9.
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Rookie Johnny Manziel may one day be the franchise quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, but he won’t get the starting reigns just yet.

Browns head coach Mike Pettine announced on Thursday that Brian Hoyer will start Cleveland’s second preseason game on Monday night against Washington.

The 21-year-old Manziel came on in relief of Hoyer in the Browns’ preseason opener against the Lions. He attempted 11 passes in the game, completing seven of them for 63 yards in his first action as an NFL quarterback.

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Manziel was selected by the Browns with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. At Texas A&M, he became the first ever freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, taking home college football’s highest honor after the 2012 season.

Hoyer, who backed up Tom Brady in New England from 2009-11, started three games for the Browns in 2013, throwing for 615 yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions. He led them to wins against the Dolphins and Bengals, but saw his season come to an end due to a torn ACL he suffered against the Bills on Oct. 3.

Starting against the Lions last week, Hoyer went 6-for-14 with 92 yards passing in Cleveland’s 13-12 loss to Detroit.