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Brian Hoyer vs. Johnny Manziel: Cleveland Browns quarterback competition evolves

Brian Hoyer leads the battle to be the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns (so far).
Brian Hoyer leads the battle to be the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns (so far).Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

The Brian Hoyer vs. Johnny Manziel quarterback competition continues. The battle to become the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback in 2014 is getting closer, but head coach Mike Pettine still isn't showing his cards. According to a report from ESPN on Monday (Aug. 11), it is Hoyer that has maintained a lead in this race, but Manziel has been coming on strong in recent practices. It suggests that this is a battle that won't be decided until later in the month.

Pettine spoke about Hoyer, stating that, "We put Brian out there with the ones, and that was for a reason. Because he was ahead, because of his edge in experience and the lead he had with the playbook. And he's done nothing to have that taken away from him." He went on to speak about Manziel, stating that, "But Johnny has made some improvement, a lot of improvement. He's come in, and the things where he was behind in the spring, I think he's got a pretty firm grasp on."

It might be difficult for fans to take a lot away from the statements Pettine made, other than the fact that he likes what both signal callers are doing this preseason. He hasn't even made an announcement about which guy will get the start against the Washington Redskins in the next preseason game for the team. That will likely come later in the week, with the nod probably going to the guy showing the most promise in the practices leading up to it.

The Browns failed to score a touchdown in their first preseason game and lost 13-12 to the Detroit Lions. Hoyer completed just 6-of-14 passes for 92 yards, while Manziel completed 7-of-11 passes for 63 yards. Neither quarterback threw an interception, but Manziel did run for 27 yards on the ground. It goes without saying that the Brian Hoyer vs. Johnny Manziel quarterback competition is still ongoing and that the Cleveland Browns have a very tough decision coming up.