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Manziel not ready, yet

August 16, 2014 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND – Johnny Manziel put some clarity on the quarterback competition after Saturday’s practice.

The rookie admitted that despite improving on a daily basis he’s still not ready to face the intricacies of the Pittsburgh Steelers defense in the season opener.

“I don’t think I’m ready for Pittsburgh right now,” Manziel said. “I’ve only played one game. The more and more you see it, the more familiar you get with it and the better it will be. The guys that have been in this league for a long time that can sit there after years and years of playing games, and still don’t have it all figured out. It’s tricky stuff, but at the same time we’re doing things on offense to try to throw them off their game as well.”

Manziel went on to clarify his comment. He made it clear that he feels he can be ready for the opener after a couple more weeks of practices, along with appearances in three preseason games.

“That’s not saying I’m not ready or won’t be ready. I don’t want that taken out of context,” Manziel said. “Just right now – second preseason game – I’m not ready to go out and start week one because there’s a lot of time left to that point.

“For me, there are plenty of weeks left for me to learn and preseason games to get adapted to the speed. If I was the starter for Pittsburgh for week one, you have to be ready. It’s the opening week of the season. It’s a big game.”

Brian Hoyer remains on track to start against the Steelers. Hoyer started the preseason opener against the Detroit Lions and will get the start Monday against the Washington Redskins.

“It’s what I’ve expected all along,” Hoyer said. “It wouldn’t have changed my approach either way. I approach my job this year a little differently because I can be more vocal. Those decisions are out of my control, and I do what I’m told.”


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