Blog by: George Thomas and Ron Ledgard
News flash: at least with respect to media, the Cleveland Browns are relevant once again.
Just a cursory look at who took in the first day of training camp shows that media interest may be at its highest point since the NFL reconstituted the team in 1999.
Lots of unfamiliar faces wandered around with media wristbands with the likes of Yahoo Sports Dan Wetzel making an appearance along with Bob Holtzman of ESPN and Willie McGinest and Aditi Kinkhabwala from the NFL Network.
For those looking for relevance, so it begins. There’s little doubt as to why they were in Berea. Does the name Johnny Manziel ring any bells?
But as is to be expected on the first day of training camp, there wasn’t a lot to see as both Manziel and Hoyer worked through assorted kinks.
The reality, however, is it felt a lot different than minicamp and organized team activities in that there was little chatter about what Manziel has done off the field. Reading the tenor of the comments from assorted folks, however, it looks as if it doesn’t matter because Hoyer clearly remains the favorite.
And it sounds as if he plans to keep it that way despite the fact that he’s coming off a knee injury. He went full speed on the first day and coach Mike Pettine said that he doesn’t expect that to change.
“I don’t think he’s going to let us back him off. That’s something I’ll get with (Browns head athletic trainer) Joe (Sheehan) on as we get going. We’ll see how the knee reacts.”
Hoyer said he’s getting into the flow of things and it took a second to adjust to an actual pass rush, but he remains confident about being the opening day starter.
“The opportunity is there for me,” he said. “That’s my goal, and that’s so far in advance that I can’t even think about it. I’m thinking about our install for tomorrow that we’re putting in tonight. I believe that I’m capable of being the starter at quarterback for this team, and that’s what I’m working towards every day.”
There’s little doubt that the media will be there to document every second of it.