Manziel, Hoyer battling for Browns’ QB job

Manziel, Hoyer battling for Browns’ QB job

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Manziel, Hoyer battling for Browns’ QB job

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by Associated Press

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Posted on May 21, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 5:58 PM

BEREA, Ohio - Unlike most Clevelanders, Brian Hoyer didn’t jump and down or cheer when he heard the Browns drafted Johnny Manziel.

He shrugged and got ready to fight for his job.

”It was almost a sense of relief when he was drafted,” Hoyer said, “because I knew exactly right then and there what it was going to be.”

It’s going to be a quarterback battle unlike Cleveland has seen before.

Hoyer and Manziel, the college football superstar with the larger-than-life persona and catchy nickname, were on the field together Wednesday for the second day of organized team activities under first-year Browns coach Mike Pettine. Earlier this week, Pettine said he doesn’t want the competition between the two QBs to “to be warm and fuzzy.”

Hoyer joked that the pair are getting along better than expected.

”I was thinking about sending him a birthday card,” Hoyer quipped. “No, I totally get it.  ... I don’t think we’re in there not being friendly. But when you’re gunning for the same job there is a little bit of an edge to it.”

The Browns expect Manziel, the former Texas A&M star they traded up to take with the No. 22 overall pick, to challenge Hoyer, who is coming off right knee surgery.

Hoyer has spent his entire NFL career trying to win a job, and he said this is a new situation.

”It does feel different because as of right now I’m the top guy and before I’ve always been coming from behind,” said Hoyer, who made three starts last season before tearing a knee ligament. “This does feel a little different but to me my mentality has never really changed. I’ve always kind of thought of myself as the starter and prepared that way because you never know when that opportunity is going to come.”

Hoyer was able to take part in some simulated 11-on-11 drills toward the end of practice and he made the day’s best throw, a long touchdown over the middle to wide receiver Conner Vernon.

Manziel did not speak to reporters following practice.

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