Hoyer's chemistry with his mediocre cast of wideouts was improved, but his 5.3 yards per attempt -- which matches his preseason total -- speaks to the veteran's inability to find his targets downfield in this offense. Not a surprise considering whom he's throwing to.
Manziel's night was slightly more hopeful. Hitting the scene in the third quarter, the rookie orchestrated a rapid-fire touchdown drive capped by a crowd-pleasing 7-yard scramble to pay dirt. Johnny Football and his plus arm looked more comfortable than last week, but his 5.7 yards per attempt magnify a scheme yet to achieve liftoff.
Maybe play-caller Kyle Shanahan has something up his sleeve for the regular season -- or maybe it's just clear that we'll see Manziel much sooner than the Browns planned when they elevated Hoyer into the catbird seat.