Brian Hoyer, right, will start at quarterback for the Browns' exhibition game Monday night. Johnny Manziel, left, Cleveland's first-round pick, will play with the second team. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
Cleveland — Browns coach Mike Pettine will start quarterback Brian Hoyer ahead of rookie Johnny Manziel in Cleveland’s second exhibition game.
Pettine said Thursday that Hoyer (Michigan State) will begin Monday night’s game at Washington. Pettine says the team is “comfortable” with Hoyer starting and that “it’s little overblown as to who the starter is going to be.”
Hoyer and Manziel will both get snaps with Cleveland’s starting offense. The two quarterbacks have been competing for the starting job since training camp opened last month.
Hoyer started the exhibition opener at Detroit and Manziel, the popular first-round pick from Texas A&M, only played with the second-stringers.
Pettine wants to name his starter for the Sept. 7 season opener at Pittsburgh before the Browns’ third exhibition game on Aug. 23.