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It's getting close
August 15, 2014 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND – It was Johnny Manziel’s day with the first team Friday as the quarterback competition ended week three of practices.
The switching between Manziel and Brian Hoyer should end next week after coach Mike Pettine names a starter for the regular season. Pettine expects to make an announcement on Tuesday, which is an off day for players a day after a preseason game Monday night against the Washington Redskins.
Both quarterbacks generally had decent days. Hoyer was the sharper of the two. He threw an excellent pass to Charles Johnson on a deep fade and was accurate on other mid-distance throws.
The best deep pass of the practice was by Rex Grossman, who connected with Jonathan Krause. Krause was then knocked to the ground by two defenders.
Pettine announced Thursday his intention of starting Brian Hoyer against the Redskins. Speculation was that Manziel would get the start because Hoyer started last Saturday against the Detroit Lions.
Pettine would ideally like to get first-team repetitions for both quarterbacks against the Redskins by switching the two after two possessions. That might not work as planned if Redskins coach Jay Gruden decides to rest his defensive starters after two series.
The competition is still close, according to Pettine. Apparently the decision will balance on how well each plays Monday night.
“Something unforeseen could come up, but we’re hopeful,” Pettine said. “I do want to see if I can cut the quarterback questions down by about 90 percent next week.”
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