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Browns plan to give QBs Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel equal reps with starters in Monday's game

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 12, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine has yet to name a starting quarterback for the second preseason game Monday night at Washington, but he made a more important revelation Tuesday after practice.

Regardless of which quarterback starts, the plan is to give veteran Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel about the same amount of reps with the starters.

"The bottom line coming out of the game is that they both should get close to equal reps with the ones no matter who starts,'' Pettine said.

Pettine said he, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains will decide Thursday, when the team is off practice, which quarterback will start Monday.

"Johnny's going to get reps with the ones,'' Pettine said. "Just to me, the factor of starting the game I think is a little bit overblown in this situation because we're going to try to balance the reps with the ones in the game, so I don't think it was anything that, 'Brian came in ahead.' It's a little overrated who trots out there for the first time."

The coaches have yet to decide whether Hoyer will play for one quarter and Manziel the other. Starters typically play the into the second quarter during the second exhibition game.

"I don't know if we'll do it by quarters,'' Pettine said. "We want to make sure that they're both getting reps, so we haven't decided on how to do it. We'll see when we meet on the off day just because I think there are a lot of options on the table and we have to get that sorted out how we want to do it.''

Pettine sounded as if he doesn't want the two quarterbacks to alternate series.

"It could [happen], but it's hard to get in a rhythm if it is by series," Pettine said. "So that will be one of the things we'll discuss."

Manziel took all of the reps with the first-team offense during practice Tuesday. But Hoyer started the Browns' 13-12 loss in the preseason opener Saturday night and worked exclusively with the starters. Hoyer also received all of the snaps with the first unit in Monday's practice.

The Browns released an updated depth chart Tuesday. Hoyer is still listed as the No. 1 quarterback, and Manziel is No. 2.

The Browns found a new third-string quarterback Tuesday by signing veteran Rex Grossman and waiving Tyler Thigpen.

Asked if Grossman's presence makes Hoyer expendable, Pettine said, "No, absolutely not."


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