Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will start Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers over rookie Johnny Manziel, Browns head coach Mike Pettine announced Wednesday.
Hoyer entered camp as the starter and never gave the Browns a reason to turn to Manziel.
“He was the clear leader from the beginning,” Pettine said in a statement. “We’ve maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room.”
Hoyer, who is coming off a season-ending knee injury, started three games last season. Pettine said Manziel made progress in training camp. But the competition was not that close.
“We are pleased with where [Manziel] is, and he has shown that he has come a long way in his ability to pick up the playbook, be coachable and lead an offense. We are confident that Johnny is going to have a great future, but we just felt that Brian still had a decided edge on him.”