Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel flipped off the Washington Redskins' bench after trading barbs with his opponent.
He and veteran Brian Hoyer both struggled on the field in the Browns' ongoing quarterback competition, which has no resolution after this 24-23 loss.
“I felt like I did a good job of holding my composure throughout the night, and you have a lapse of judgment and slip up,” Manziel said. “I mean, I didn't think it was positive,”
Manziel could be fined $11,025 for taunting or unsportsmanlike conduct.
The obscene gesture angered Browns coach Mike Pettine.
“It did not sit well,” Pettine said. “I was informed of it after the game and it's disappointing. Because what we talk about is being poised and being focused — that you have to be able to maintain your poise. That's a big part of all football players, especially the quarterback, that we have to keep our composure. So that's something that we'll obviously address with him.”
Manziel was taunted by Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo.
Hoyer completed 2 of 6 passes for 16 yards.
“It probably couldn't get any worse,'' Hoyer said. “It's disappointing. It's embarrassing. The first play was messed up. and it spiraled out of control.''
Pettine may wait to pick a quarterback. He was originally scheduled to pick a starter on Tuesday.
“All options are still on the table,'' Pettine said.. “(Deciding Tuesday) is still something we'd like to do. We'll see.''
During the first half, Manziel completed 2 of 7 passes for 29 yards. He did throw a touchdown pass to Dion Lewis. Manziel finished 7 of 16 for 65 yards, one touchdown and a 76.3 rating.
“Just me grading my performance, I'm pretty hard on myself, don't think I did a very good job today,'' Manziel said. “I think there was a lot of room for me to improve, some throws that I wish I would've had back. But I'm not sure (if I did enough to be named the starter). That's really up to Coach Pettine and the higher powers than it is me. I think I just need to come in every day and continue to try to get better.”
In two preseason games, Manziel has completed 14 of 27 passes for 128 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
Hoyer has completed 8 of 20 passes for 108 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.
“We're a work in progress,” Pettine said.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun