Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel outplayed Brian Hoyer in Saturday’s 12-13 loss against the Lions in Detroit.
The 28-year-old Hoyer, who suffered a torn ACL versus the Buffalo Bills on October 3 and underwent the knife to repair the wound roughly two weeks later, completed 6-of-14 passes for 92 yards.
Undrafted out of Michigan State, Hoyer’s wildly inconsistent, lacks accuracy and arm strength, and is nothing more than an efficient overseer.
Comparatively, chosen 22nd overall by Cleveland in May, the 21-year-old Manziel went 7-of-11 for 63 yards.
Displaying remarkable maneuverability and quickness, Manziel added six carries for 27 yards.
A dual-threat who earned the Heisman as a freshman, “Johnny Football” launches the ball with great zip and pinpoint accuracy and he can produce strictly in the pocket.
In stark contrast to Hoyer, Manziel could thrive as a playmaker and become a Dawg Pound icon.
Predictably, according to ESPN’s Bob Holtzman, the electric rookie is “now ahead” of Hoyer on the Browns’ depth chart.
Cleveland, an organization that’s gone 77-163 since resuming operations in 1999, hasn’t had a competent field general since Bernie Kosar.
Removed from a 4-12 mark with the league’s 27th ranked attack, Browns general manager Ray Farmer significantly upgraded Cleveland’s weakest position by acquiring Manziel.
Brimming with potential, Manziel was always going to get an opportunity to blossom into a superstar this autumn in The Forest City.
“Now ahead” of Brian Hoyer, expect Johnny Manziel to start under center on September 7 against the Steelers in Pittsburgh.by