BEREA, Ohio — The quarterback competition is heating up in Berea as the team returns to the practice field after a much-needed day off.
There is no clear-cut favorite in this competition, according to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, but rookie Johnny Manziel is still taking snaps with the second string.
“I don’t think they want to throw me into a situation that I am not ready for, something that I can’t handle so I don’t know if they drafted me necessarily that I should come in and start week one,” said Manziel.
Head coach Mike Pettine says Manziel will take snaps with the number one team ‘sooner rather than later’.
While the offensive coordinator is not evaluating the quarterbacks after every single practice, he is working to get both Manziel and Brian Hoyer to be better in all facets of the position.
Nobody is ahead of the other when it comes to the quarterback situation, according to Shanahan, who believes the competition will work itself out.
“As small a patience as coaches tend to have, I’m fighting with myself to have more because I know it’s going to take time, you don’t just want to jump to a conclusion real quick, you have to give them both a chance to get comfortable and develop,” Shanahan said. “I really hope we can get it done sooner than later but it’s really going to be up to them I think.”
“It’s always a work in progress,” said Hoyer. “At this stage, we are just taking baby steps and we are still learning each other, we’re learning how the plays work and how one guy affects another and things like that so I think we have a long way to go.”
Josh Gordon was not at practice on Thursday; he was traveling to New York for his appeal hearing with the NFL which is scheduled for Friday.
Gordon and his lawyers will meet with an arbitrator on Friday morning to contest his possible suspension for a drug violation.