Absorbing all of Cleveland's first-team reps, the veteran quarterback outplayed rookie Johnny Manziel as the team continued to install Kyle Shanahan's offense.
Hoyer "once again looked very sharp," per NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala, who noted that coach Mike Pettine and his staff plan to fully assess the quarterback position during Wednesday's respite for the players.
Kinkhabwala told NFL Network that Shanahan is expected to sprinkle in plays over the coming weeks that are custom-fit to Johnny Football's unusual mobility and skill set. It's another reminder that we're still in the infancy stages of this summer's sexiest quarterback duel.
So let's stay in the moment, avoid sky-is-falling hyperbole and let this one play out -- shall we?
Here what else we learned on Sunday:
- Time for the Jets to consider a vow of silence. After Geno Smith told reporters that he plans to finish the year as a top-five quarterback, Dee Millinercalled himself the best cornerback in the NFL. The second-year defender was subsequently flamed by Clyde Gates for a 15-yard touchdown in 7-on-7s, per ESPN's Rich Cimini. Sigh.
- Patrick Peterson's short-lived stint as a wide receiver is kaput. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians confirmed Sunday that the All-Pro cornerback won't take offensive snaps or return punts this season with Arizona enjoying more speed at wideout than one summer ago, per Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic.
From the trainers' room ...
- Rob Gronkowski's comeback rages on. Initially limited to individual drills at Patriots camp, the star tight end spent part of Sunday's practice in half-to-3/4 speed 11-on-11 drills, according to NFL Media's Albert Breer. "Everything that you see here indicates that Gronk is going to be a go for Week 1," Breer said, "even if they are taking it a little easy on him right now."
- Rex Ryan confirmed Sunday that rookie safety Calvin Pryor is mired in the league's concussion protocol after sustaining a head injury during Saturday's session. NFL Media's Kimberly Jones also reported that rookie tight end Jace Amaroleft the field Sunday with a "nagging" right knee injury. He's expected to make a quick recovery.