The Cleveland Browns family-day scrimmage is far from a real game, but it is a chance for the players to break away from Training Camp and compete in a game-like atmosphere. Unfortunately for Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel, Saturday’s scrimmage won’t be worth remembering.
Both quarterbacks were unimpressive, as the Browns made their highly-anticpated debut at the University of Akron’s Infocision Stadium in front of 20,000 fans.
Hoyer completed 7 of 11 for 56 yards and was “touch-sacked” on the very first play on an unexpected blitz by safety Donte Whitner.
Manziel played with the second team and was 3 of 7 for 14 yards, while adding runs of 5 and 9 yards. He also led a 16-play drive that nearly culminated in a touchdown. Despite a positive finish, it was obvious the former Heisman Trophy winner is far being ready to start in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In his first play, Manziel appeared to turn the wrong way, and had to throw ball out of bounds, according to ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi.
The plays he made with his legs many to wonder if he was running because of his unfamiliarity with the offense.
“He’s doing it because, really, he doesn’t have a great understanding yet off the offense,” ESPN’s McManamon said.
After the scrimmage, even Manziel admitted that there’s a lot more to learn.
“For me, it gets better every day. That’s really the story of my life right now. I have to get better. Learn the stuff, continue to get more and more familiar with every single play in our offense, and today helped.”
The day was probably more disappointing for Hoyer, who dropped a little in the quarterback competition, at least in the eyes of McManamon.
“I think the gap closed a little…Brian Hoyer took a huge jump from day one to day two in training camp…but since that time, he’s really kind of leveled off. He hasn’t really accelerated his game…and even same days was a little bit below that level…I think that’s probably a little concerning for him. I think he might need to ratchet things up a notch for too, because, Manziel, in theory, the more the learns, the better he should get.”