The Cleveland Browns announced that Brian Hoyer would get the start over Johnny Manziel when they take on the Detroit Lions Saturday night.
Hoyer, who is a former Michigan State Spartan and is an Ohi0 native, says that he expected to get the start all along — even with Manziel receiving some first team reps over the week.
Browns coach Mike Pettine has said that the starter will receive more playing time than usual for a preseason game, but that Manziel may also get some snaps with the first string against Detroit.
Pettine says Manziel might get some reps w/ ones vs Lions. — Tom Reed (@treed1919) August 6, 2014
Like it or not, Manziel’s pro football debut will receive some extra attention, (which may have been another factor in starting Hoyer).
The Lions have been reluctant to talk about Manziel, perhaps in an effort to side-step the side-show that follows Johnny Football.
Detroit appeared to be preparing for Manziel on Tuesday when they ran some read-option in practice. Linebackers coach Bill Sheridan played quarterback and simulated plays where he either handed off the ball or kept it. Lions coach Jim Caldwell wanted nothing to do with talking about that period of practice.
“We’re preparing for ourselves right now,” he said dismissively. “We’re getting ourselves ready, focusing in on us, it’s our offense against our defense at this point.”