Aug 9, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) looks to pass in the pocket during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Factory Lines: Monday Night Football, Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel, Ryan Shazier & Braxton Miller

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL? The Browns play Robert Griffin and the Redskins on national TV tonight. It’d be a lot more interesting if this were a game that actually matter, but it’s still pretty darn compelling considering this will be Johnny Football’s second game against a real, live pass rush.

Manziel sat down with MNF broadcaster John Gruden Sunday for ESPN.com and answered questions about the competition.

• The big three story lines heading into tonight…

-Will Brian Hoyer step up and seize the job? He’s getting the start, and the top spot on the depth chart is his for the taking.

-How much time will Manziel get with the first team?

-The Browns are desperate for a receiver to step up. Can Charles Johnson and Taylor Gabriel put two good games together in a row?

Even if Hoyer doesn’t lead two touchdown drives, he’s still got to be the front runner for the job, considering he was named the starter for this game. If Manziel was in the running, and this was a true quarterback competition, why wouldn’t Johnny be named the starter? It would only be fair.

Mike Pettine‘s been a pretty good communicator up to this point, but he dropped the ball with this one.

• Over the weekend Johnny Manziel said he wasn’t ready to start for the Browns “Right now.” He later clarified his statements that if picked as the Week 1 starer, he’d be ready, via Dawg Pound Daily.

• Hoyer doesn’t care what ESPN reporters are saying about the quarterback competition he’s currently involved in, because he doesn’t tune into the channel. He should make an exception for this excellent feature written by ESPN’s Ashley Fox, who penned a story showing how the Cleveland native’s hero tale is playing second-fiddle to Manziel.

• The Indians were primed to sweep the Orioles at home this weekend, but the bats never woke up for the 1 p.m. start.

• Former Ohio State Buckeye Ryan Shazier made his preseason debut for that team from Pittsburgh. It’s always a bummer when a member of the Scarlet and Gray changes their colorist to Black and Yellow, but Shazier might be one to watch this season.

The former OSU linebacker made a memorable first impression with 11 solo tackles, a pass defense, and an interception, according to Pro Football Talk.

• While we’re talking Buckeyes, Braxton Miler has a nagging shoulder injury, and it doesn’t seem to be going away. The Heisman Hopeful was limited during the Buckeyes’ Satruday scrimmage and with two weeks until Navy, isn’t ready to go at 100 percent.

 

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