Manziel, 22, started for the Browns in the team’s 30–9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. He threw for 372 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine said after the game that Manziel’s performance against Pittsburgh was a “big step forward.”
“He showed significant progress,” Pettine said.
Pettine also acknowledged Manziel’s improvement compared with his performance against the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 5. Manziel completed only 45.5% of his passes for 168 yards and one touchdown during that game.
McCown, 36, has played in seven games this season and logged 1,897 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions.
In six games, Manziel has thrown for 933 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.
The Browns (2–8) are set to take on the Baltimore Ravens (2–7) on Nov. 30 after their bye week.
- Xandria James