Johnny Manziel tightened the quarterback race with a promising debut in his first preseason game. The No. 22 overall pick -- who took the field with 7:32 left in the second quarter to a chorus of boos and cheers --showed that he's not just a college phenom and that his playmaking magic just might translate well to the NFL after all. "For me it was a good start,'' Manziel said after the Browns' 13-12 loss to the Lions. "You have to start somewhere. You have to set a foundation. I got my feet wet. I got my first preseason game under my belt and we've got three more heading into the season.'' Manziel, who put some considerable heat on starter Brian Hoyer, will likely get the start on Monday Night Football in Washington Aug. 18, but coach Mike Pettine said, "that decision hasn't been made yet.'' In five series of work with the second-team offense, Manziel completed 7 of 11 attempts for 63 yards for a 79.0 rating with no touchdowns or interceptions. He also ran six times for a team-high 27 yards with a long gain of 16 for a 4.5-yard average. "More than anything, it was good for me personally to get out there, go through the game speed, we're getting tackled, we're live, it's a different look than in practice,'' Manziel said. "I just felt like I wanted to try and get some completions, try and get some things rolling, try to put ourselves in position to score some points. Now we just need to get over that hump of getting down in the red zone and putting it in the end zone.'' Working exclusively with the second-team offense, Manziel managed only a field goal and watched his best drive end in a fumble -- but showed promise in the things that make him Johnny Football, America's new favorite NFL player.
Johnny Manziel does 'some good things' in debut
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Aug 10