Neither quarterback clearly outplayed the other in the Browns 24-23 loss to the Redskins.
Johnny Manziel was able to lead the Browns to its first TD of the preseason when he connected with Dion Lewis on an inside screen play.
Brian Hoyer had the Browns in the red zone. He had one pass, thrown a bit behind Andrew Hawkins in the end zone, but Hawkins could not hang on.
Manziel played more than Hoyer, but it appeared Mike Pettine’s plan did not include Hoyer playing behind a number two offense line.
Manziel, the No. 22 overall pick in the draft, completed 7 of 16 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. Hoyer went 2 for 6 for 16 yards.
While Johnny had some flashes on the night, one gesture may have caught the TV audience by surprise in the third quarter.
Manziel was walking away from the Redskins bench when he extended his middle finger to the Redskins. The refs did not catch that gesture and thus, no flag was thrown. It’s very possible when the tape is reviewed that Manziel could hear from the league. He could face a fine of $10,000 if the league punishes him like they did the Packers A.J. Hawk who made a similar gesture toward an opposing team in the not too distant past.
Maybe Johnny was just telling the world he thinks he’s number one on the Browns depth chart.