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|QB competition in Cleveland to begin Saturday|
Browns to name starting QB by 3rd preseason game
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Jul 22, 7:00 am
|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)|
FFToday'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|
Tate "nicked up"; rookie West running with first team
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jun 12, 6:00 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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.
|Hoyer taking first team reps at Cleveland OTAs|
Starting QB competition between Hoyer and Maziel
By: Mike Krueger | Wed May 21, 1:21 pm
|The wunderkind (Johnny Manziel) is taking third-team repetitions at quarterback for the Browns at OTAs behind former Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer and Tyler Thigpen. With a new coaching staff for everyone involved, heíll have plenty of opportunities to win the starting job in 2014. The Browns just donít want Manziel to think he doesnít have to work for it, something Pettine and Shanahan have every right to guard against. (Boston.com)|
FFToday's Take: It's no surprise the veteran Hoyer (ACL) is first in line during practice over the rookie Manziel. Head coach Mike Pettine has stated the job is up for grabs. We likely won't get a feel for outcome of this competition until mid-August.