The Cleveland Browns have named veteran Brian Hoyer their opening-game starter, winning the competition over rookie Johnny Manziel.
“He was the clear leader from the beginning,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said. “We’ve maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room.”
Hoyer completed just two of 16 passes for 16 yards against the Washington Redskins.
Hoyer won two starts last season before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.
He's healthy now. Neither quarterback was impressive against the Redskins.
“I think Brian’s been very poised,” Pettine said. “I think he’s handled the situation well. He’s had a lot of things going on.”
Pettine discussed the effects of the knee injury.
“I think a lot of people discount that,” Pettine said. “Here’s a guy coming off of a season-ending knee injury. Really, these are his first, essentially, 20-25 plays of live work back from it, and he’s only going to get better.”
The decision was made last night between Pettine, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains and Pettine told players this morning.
How Manziel has done?
“He’s certainly made great strides,” Pettine said. “We are pleased with where he is, and he has shown that he has come a long way in his ability to pick up the playbook, be coachable and lead an offense. We are confident that Johnny is going to have a great future, but we just felt that Brian still had a decided edge on him.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun