Friday August 15th, 2014

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel took reps with the team's first-team offense Friday, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Manziel is currently competing with Brian Hoyer for the team's starting quarterback job. Team coach Mike Pettine could reportedly announce his decision as early as Tuesday.

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Pettine announced Thursday that Hoyer will start the team's second preseason game against the Washington Redskins on Monday night, but reps with the first-team offense will be split equally between Hoyer and Manziel.

While Hoyer entered Cleveland's training camp as the favorite to win the job due to Pettine's preference to start a veteran, Manziel has improved throughout camp. Hoyer was listed as the top quarterback on the team's first depth chart. 

In the Browns' first preseason game against the Detroit Lions last Saturday, Hoyer completed 6 of 14 pass attempts for 92 yards, while Manziel went 7-of-11 for 63 yards and added 27 yards on the ground.

The Browns open the regular season Sept. 7 at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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