Brian Hoyer looked like the No. 6 who energized this Browns team in 2013 during the offense's opening drive. He went 3-for-3 through the air to start, but as the game progressed the sloppiness that we've seen during the first two exhibition games returned.
Hoyer looked inaccurate at times, and while the receivers overall had stickier fingers than in the previous matchup, he was still victimized by some untimely drops and poor route running.
In the end the hometown boy didn't wow the crowd, as he finished going 10-of-16, but did add one touchdown and one interception to the scorecard.
Johnny Manziel electrified the crowd with his mere presence and did so again when he dove into the end zone for a score.
Manziel and Hoyer's statistics were similar Saturday. Johnny hurled the rock 15 times, completing 10.
I thought that Johnny improved at going through his progressions and choosing a checkdown option when nothing opened up down the field. A fourth-quarter dump to fullback Ray Agnew is a perfect example.
The velocity on his ball tonight was impressive as was the accuracy he could put on that heater.
However, Manziel too had his negative moments in the quick decision-making department.
Overall the two shared 146 passing yards Saturday night. Simply put, that's not nearly good enough. Those numbers are very concerning since this was with the dress rehearsal for the regular season, and both quarterbacks had time with the first team.
Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com had this add:
(Mike)Pettine’s assessment of Hoyer: “I don’t think he played well enough, but that was across the board.”
Pettine said his plans are to play Hoyer and the first-team offense for about one quarter in the preseason finale Thursday against the Chicago Bears.
“I expect to play. I need to play,” Hoyer said.