Browns head coach Mike Pettine told Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland that Brian Hoyer will get the first-team reps on offense when training camp practices begin this week.
“We met this morning on it, actually. Hoyer’s the one,” Pettine told Grossi. “He’ll be with the ones in the beginning. We’re still going to evaluate Johnny just as we’ll evaluate any other player, with his repetitions, so it shouldn’t be misconstrued if he’s not taking early reps with the ones. I think at this point, right now, it’s more Johnny v. the playbook than it is v. Brian. I think he’s got to make sure that continues. He’s well along the path, but that needs to continue. That’s a big part for him, to be able to know the play, execute the play, start the right guy in motion at the right time. So I think there’s a lot of that first. So he needs to make sure that he doesn’t jump ahead and tries to match (Hoyer). It’s certainly more him against the playbook.”
Time for Manziel to put the inflatable swans away and study the Browns playbook.