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Quarterback competition still not solved
What isn’t hard to tell is that something is up with Hoyer. The veteran was unable to convert a single first down in four possessions. He looks more comfortable in the pocket than Manziel, but in Washington, not much was working.
To begin training camp, Hoyer had all the cards in his hands. The Cleveland brass seemed confident his poise and smarts would beat out the newcomer from Texas A&M, at least to begin the season. But on August 19th, Browns fans are wondering: Where is the Brian Hoyer we saw last season against the Vikings and Bengals? He’s shown flashes of that in practice, and a couple of darts he threw against the Lions. But the steadiness that was supposed to be Hoyer’s bread and butter is nowhere to be found.
A few days after saying he wouldn’t be ready for Pittsburgh on Week One right this moment, did Manziel’s game against the Redskins validate that statement? It’s hard to tell.
Manziel received 39 snaps in the game, partly because he was moving the chains. On a drive that began on his own one yard line, Manziel marched the Browns 11-plays and 60 yards down the field and he later gave Cleveland its first touchdown of the preseason on a 16-play, 68-yard drive – albeit against reserve players. It should be noted that penalties helped aid some first-down conversions while Manziel was at quarterback.
He had more success against the Redskins than Hoyer, but there was too much leaving the pocket from Manziel. Every time he began rolling right, the Redskins defense collapsed and attacked, and Manziel would either make an errant throw or rush for a minimal gain, often absorbing hard hits. Kyle Shanahan is a stickler on footwork from his quarterback and upon further review of the tape, Manziel seemed skittish in that department.
The stipulation about the quarterback inconsistencies is this: the Browns’ wide receiving corps is doing them no favors. At half time against the Redskins, fullback
With all of that being said, Cleveland’s quarterback competition has removed the microscope on what this offense said they were going to be all about: running the football.
There wasn’t much of a blitz on
“Overall, talent wise, it’s there,” said Leonhard about Cleveland’s defense. “You get guys getting after the ball like you did tonight, you’re going to be in a lot of football games.”
Offensive line issues?
A week after manhandling the massive Detroit Lions’ front four, the Browns’ offensive line was on the other end of the spectrum in Washington.
The most telling statistic was the 10 plays rookie quarterback
It effected Brian Hoyer, too. Right tackle
There’s no reason to panic after one shaky preseason game from this unit. But it’s worth mentioning they’ll need a strong performance against the Rams at FirstEnergy Stadium to erase some doubts.