After drafting Johnny Manziel, the Cleveland Browns did everything in their power to knock the former A&M product down a few pegs.
Of course, attempting to consistently remind him that he’s a rookie doesn’t help much when you suggest that the gap between him and Brian Hoyer winning the starting quarterback duties isn’t very large.
However, despite such an admission, Akron Beacon Journal’s Nate Ulrich believes that it won’t be Manziel under center come Week 1 of the season but rather Hoyer who will win the starting quarterback job.
Discussing what he believes will shake out over the course of training camp (to the entire roster), Ulrich cites that it won’t be Manziel who posses the greatest challenge to Hoyer but rather his return from injury. Hoyer of course suffered a season ending ACL tear, but before that looked very good and had lead the Browns to a winning record.
Unfortunately for Hoyer, even if he does win the starting quarterback job out of camp, it’s likely to just be temporary as come the first sign of struggle, fans will be clamoring for Manziel to take the field. Granted, the coaching staff would have to cave as well though we’ve seen time and time again that eventually the pressure forces a lineup change and it’s unlikely to be any different in Cleveland no matter how defiant the coaching staff may be.
Named starter out of camp or not, it’s only a matter of time until Johnny Football is under center for the Browns this season.