Johnny Manziel has solid debut

Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is making his move in the quarterback competition with veteran Brian Hoyer.

Manziel had a solid game against the Detroit Lions during a 13-12 loss.

"For me it was a good start,'' Manziel said. "You have to start somewhere. You have to set a foundation. I got my feet wet. I got my first preseason game under my belt and we've got three more heading into the season.''

Manziel completed 7 of 11 attempts for 63 yards for a 79.0 rating with no touchdowns and interceptions. He rushed for a team-high 27 yards with a long gain of 16 yards.

"More than anything, it was good for me personally to get out there, go through the game speed, we're getting tackled, we're live, it's a different look than in practice,'' Manziel said. "I just felt like I wanted to try and get some completions, try and get some things rolling, try to put ourselves in position to score some points. Now we just need to get over that hump of getting down in the red zone and putting it in the end zone.''

Manziel got checked out by the trainers after taking a few hard hits.

"It's a football game,'' Manziel said. "It's physical. It's part of the game, but I feel really good. I feel great.''

Hoyer completed 6 of 14 passes for 92 yards.

"It was good to be back out on the field with my teammates, to go out there and move the ball," Hoyer said. "We kind of killed ourselves with some things. There are definitely a couple reads I would like to take back and a few throws, but for the most part it's good to get out there and play against someone else."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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