This week has made it clear that it isn’t too soon to wonder whether Johnny Football will ever make it in the NFL.

To wonder if he’s just Tim Tebow with a better arm and a much worse attitude.

The Browns couldn’t have made it any easier for Johnny Manziel to win the starting quarterback job, and he basically responded by giving that chance a flip of his middle finger.

Failure to launch for Manziel was confirmed Wednesday morning, when new Browns coach Mike Pettine — a former Jets defensive coordinator under Rex Ryan — announced, almost grudgingly, Brian Hoyer had won the role.

The fact Hoyer did so after completing just two of six passes for 16 yards in Monday night’s preseason loss to the Redskins spoke volumes about what Pettine and his staff think of Manziel’s readiness.

Though fellow rookie quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater already look like polished pros (especially Bortles), Manziel couldn’t even beat out a career backup in Hoyer who is coming off reconstructive knee surgery and has started just four NFL games.

The immobile Hoyer is what’s known in the league as “Just A Guy,” yet the only memorable thing Manziel did in his pursuit of the job was flip off the Redskins’ bench in the third quarter Monday night.
Manziel hasn’t even been the best former SEC quarterback in the Browns camp this summer. That honor goes to undrafted free agent Connor Shaw from South Carolina, who was 8-for-9 for 123 yards and a touchdown against Washington’s scrubs Monday night.