Berea, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns will be known by their third preseason game on August 23 against the St. Louis Rams.
First-year coach Mike Pettine said the Browns have not established an exact deadline for picking either six-year veteran Brian Hoyer or rookie Johnny Manziel as starter, although they would prefer to make a decision soon.
Pettine planned to meet with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to discuss the competition between Manziel and Hoyer.
“It’s definitely still up in the air,” Pettine said. “It could be sooner, and that’s something we’re going to discuss in that meeting. It’ll be before the third preseason game. I just don’t have a date.”
“I don’t know if I’ll set a date and kind of paint ourselves into a date, but it will be sooner than the third preseason game,” he added.
Pettine said Manziel’s off-the-field activity will be “a nonstory” once training camp starts. Pettine also praised Manziel’s work ethic this offseason.
“He’s been very humble,” Pettine said. “He’s been great in the meeting rooms. Worked hard — worked hard in the weight room; one of the best guys in the weight room. Asked the right questions. I think he’s ahead of the learning curve.”
Pettine also said that he wants to hold a “fair” competition between Manziel and Hoyer, who led Cleveland to two straight wins last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury in his third start.
The Browns’ training camp begins Saturday at the team’s training facility in Berea, Ohio.