Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has struggled to learn the team's playbook, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Manziel did not use a playbook during his college career at Texas A&M.
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On Wednesday, the Browns named Brian Hoyer their starting quarterback. Coach Mike Pettine did not question Manziel's dedication and said he was pleased with his progress.
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“He’s certainly made great strides,” Pettine said. “We are pleased with where he 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.”
Pettine said last week, however, that was unsure if he would make a "permanent commitment" to either quarterback.
In Monday night's preseason game against Washington, Manziel completed 7-of-16 passes for 65 yards. He completed 7-of-11 passes for 63 yards in the Browns' preseason opener against Detroit.
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Cleveland selected Manziel with the No. 22 pick in this year's draft. The 21-year-old won the Heisman Trophy in his redshirt freshman season with the Aggies in 2012.
The Browns went 4-12 and finished in last place in the AFC North last season.
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