August 4, 2014 at 11:33 am

QB Johnny Manziel takes snaps with Browns' first team

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, above, is trying to beat out Brian Hoyer (Michigan State) for the starting job. (Aaron Josefczyk / Associated Press)

Berea, Ohio — Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has taken his first snaps in training camp with Cleveland’s starters.

Manziel is trying to beat out Brian Hoyer (Michigan State) for the starting job. The former Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M had worked exclusively with Cleveland’s second-string offense until Monday.

On his first play of 11-on-11 drills, Manziel completed a 40-yard pass to Travis Benjamin. The wide receiver came back to grab the underthrown ball. Moments later, Manziel’s tipped pass intended for Josh Gordon was intercepted by safety Donte Whitner.

Browns coach Mike Pettine had promised he would give Manziel time with the first-unit offense, and he decided to do it as the team prepares for Saturday’s exhibition opener in Detroit.