BEREA, Ohio — Quarterback Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer were on the practice field together in Berea at the same time as the Browns continue their off-season workouts.
Hoyer, who was sporting a knee brace, was back under center and taking the majority of the snaps as the starting quarterback for the Browns just months after having his knee surgically repaired.
“I don’t think about my knee at all,” Hoyer said. “I really worked hard to get to this point so I could just go play football.”
The coaches are keeping Hoyer from participating fully in 11-on-11’s just as a precautionary. It’s not slowing down Hoyer’s ability to run the offense.
“For me personally, I feel more comfortable in a system like this because it was more similar with what I was brought up with,” said Hoyer.
Despite the Browns drafting a quarterback in the draft, and in particular Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer said he was relieved they drafted Manziel because he knew exactly what was coming.
“He’s pretty quiet, he really pays attention, I see him taking a lot of notes,” Hoyer said. “It’s good to get out here on the field and go through the drills together and to me he seems like a hard worker and every expectation I’ve had of him he’s kind of lived up to that.”
Hoyer certainly knows what it’s like to fight for a starting quarterback job, but this year it’s a little different for the kid from North Olmsted.
“It does feel different right now because I’m the top guy,” said Hoyer. “Before I’ve always been coming from behind.”
“Yeah, I root for the Cleveland guy but I also root for Manziel,” said Browns defensive back Donte Whitner. “You want the best guy on the football field, in this league, one play, the back up can be the starter.”