|Brian Hoyer to start Week 1 for Cleveland -- Wed Aug 20 10:03 am --|
Hopefully a portion of the hype will die down
|The Cleveland Browns have committed to start Brian Hoyer over rookie Johnny Manziel at quarterback to begin the 2014 season, the team announced Wednesday morning. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: One of the more over-hyped stories in a decade has a conclusion. Although Hoyer will start the season under center, its only a matter of time before Manziel gets his chance. Both QBs are middling QB2s for fantasy purposes considering the lack of talent at the wide receiver and the expected run-heavy offense.
|Browns undecided at starting QB -- Tue Aug 19 11:54 am --|
Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel still battling for No. 1
|Coach Mike Pettine still hasnít made up his mind about his starting quarterback (Johnny Manziel or Brian Hoyer) for the Sept. 7 opener against Pittsburgh. (Peter King, Sports Illustrated)|
FF Today's Take: It's hard to say who would be the better quarterback for fantasy purposes, since Hoyer had success last season but Manziel is likely the better athlete. In light of Manziel's most recent behavior, however, it seems Hoyer is more mature and has a better feel for the offense. Hoyer seems like the more logical choice.
|Hoyer to start Browns' preseason opener -- Wed Aug 6 5:40 pm --|
Johnny Manziel could see snaps with the starters
|BEREA, Ohio -- Brian Hoyer will start the Cleveland Browns' preseason opener Saturday in Detroit.
"It was [Hoyer's] job," coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday. "He was 'the one' coming into it. We did want to mix the groups up, as we did. But he's done nothing to have that taken away from him, so he'll be out there with the starters."
FF Today's Take: Head Coach Mike Pettine also indicated that he would like to name a starter based on the team's first two preseason games. That puts plenty of pressure on both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel to make a strong impression out of the gates. At this point it appears Hoyer has not lost his job during training camp and would have to struggle in the next few weeks to lose the job prior to the season.
|QB competition in Cleveland to begin Saturday -- Tue Jul 22 7:00 am --|
Browns to name starting QB by 3rd preseason game
|Q: So the target date for naming a starter is still up in the air?
A: ďYeah, itís definitely still up in the air. It could be sooner, and thatís something weíre going to discuss in that meeting. Itíll be before the third preseason game. I just donít have a date. I donít know if Iíll set a date and kind of paint ourselves into a date, but it will be sooner than the third preseason game.Ē
(Akron Beacon Journal)|
FF Today's Take: Browns coach Mike Pettine wants to have his starting QB named before the most important preseason game. Brian Hoyer appears to be the frontrunner at the moment but Johnny Manziel has more than a fighting chance to win the job during camp. Without Josh Gordon in the mix, its hard to envision either one of these QBs as more than a backup for your fantasy team.
| Hoyer "securely ahead of Manziel" entering camp -- Thu Jun 12 6:00 pm --|
Tate "nicked up"; rookie West running with first team
|Browns HC Mike Pettine said Brian Hoyer is "securely ahead' of Johnny Manziel. But Hoyer's lead is not "insurmountable''. Both quarterbacks have had their bright spots and struggles during minicamp, but Hoyer has looked more polished and decisive in his throws. In the backfield, Ben Tate and Terrance West will be competing for the starting job at running back, but Tate is not fazed by the rookie. In 11-on-11 drills, West has been getting reps with the first team along with Chris Ogbonnaya.
"Thereís nobody in that room that scares me. Iím just honest," Tate said Thursday. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)|
FF Today's Take: Hoyer hasn't been allowed to take 11-on-11 reps yet, so very little can be taken from this story about the quarterback situation. As far as the running backs are concerned, beat writer Nate Ulrich tweeted Thursday that Tate was a "little nicked up". Although it probably nothing serious, it should be a reminder that West will be an awfully good handcuff for the brittle Tate in OC Kyle Shanahan's offense.