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Browns coach doesn't expect Johnny Manziel to get any reps with starters in preseason opener

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 7, 2014

Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel practiced with the first-team offense twice this week, but the team doesn't plan to give him any snaps with the starters Saturday night in its preseason opener on the road against the Detroit Lions.

Quarterback Brian Hoyer is set to exclusively work with the first unit against the Lions. Hoyer was with the starters Thursday and has taken all of the first-team, 11-on-11 reps during training camp, except for when Manziel received the reigns Monday and Wednesday.

Coach Mike Pettine has said it's "possible" Manziel could start the second preseason game Aug. 18 on the road against the Washington Redskins. But Manziel won't run with the starters in live game action any sooner.      

"I don't think he will," Pettine said Thursday when asked whether Manziel would receive any reps with the first-team offense Saturday in Detroit. "I think we're going to let Brian go. The circumstances could change that, obviously, but for this game, I think we'll stick to the units as we've practiced. So Brian with the ones and Johnny with the twos."

Pettine said there isn't a specific reason why Manziel won't get a series with the starters.

"We just didn't want to mix the units in this game," Pettine said.

Pettine has said playing time for his starters this weekend will be “slightly above what the average is” because the Browns are adjusting to new systems on both sides of the ball and need extra work. Starters usually play about two series in exhibition openers.

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