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Hoyer gets the nod

August 6, 2014 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND -- Browns coach Mike Pettine named Brian Hoyer the starting quarterback for the preseason opener Saturday on the road against the Detroit Lions.

The announcement came as no surprise. Pettine said when training camp opened that Hoyer was leading the competition and would more than likely start in Detroit.

Hoyer took the news in a matter-of-fact manner.

"It doesn't change my mindset," Hoyer said after Wednesday's practice. "I've expected it all along. You go about your approach the same way every day. If you go about it like you're trying to be the best quarterback for this team, regardless of where you are, things will work themselves (out)."

The move by no means indicates an end to the competition. Johnny Manziel could see time with the first team against the Lions. Pettine also said he wouldn't rule out starting Manziel against the Washington Redskins a week from Monday.

The battle appears to have tightened after Hoyer ran to a big lead in the early days of camp. Manziel had a better showing in a scrimmage last Saturday, and he's followed up with three decent efforts this week.

Manziel produced the lone touchdown in 11-on-11 drills Wednesday when he connected with tight end Jim Dray on a short pass.

Pettine said that he'll likely play the first team longer than many coaches do in the initial preseason game. That would make it easier for Pettine to see both Hoyer and Manziel with the ones.


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