In his first-ever training camp snaps with Cleveland's first-team offense, Johnny Manziel didn't wait long to make a splash.
With veteran Brian Hoyer watching from the sideline, those were the only passes Manziel attempted during the first team period. We're bound to see more from the rookie in a quarterback derby that general manager Ray Farmer says will come down to "in-the-game performance," per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
Coach Mike Pettine said last week that the Browns would consider mixing and matching snaps and swatted down the idea of a change in the pecking order on Monday:
Pettine told reporters that the team will continue to mix up its supporting cast in drills and give both quarterbacks a chance to work with the starters, Kinkhabwala told Around the League.
The team will make that decision as a committee, with Pettine deferring to play-caller Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks aide Dowell Loggains, per Kinkhabwala.
We've felt all along that Manziel's chances to open the season boil down to how he handles himself in preseason action. If Johnny Football can dish out some of his patented playmaking ability between now and September, Hoyer's grip on the top spot is far from secure.