Johnny Manziel takes first training camp reps with Browns starters

Monday August 4th, 2014

Johnny Manziel practiced exclusively with the Cleveland Browns' first-team offense Monday, the first time he's received any work with the starting unit all training camp.

Browns coach Mike Pettine said Manziel's time with the starters was "all part of the plan," and that it doesn't signify Manziel's ascension in his competition with fellow quarterback Brian Hoyer, according to

During a team period in Monday's practice, notable throws for Manziel included a 40-yard completion to receiver Travis Benjamin and an interception by safety Donte Whitner shortly after.

While Pettine has said the two quarterbacks would be splitting reps, Hoyer began training camp by taking all the snaps with the first-team offense. The Browns were reportedly dissatisfied with Manziel's offseason partying.

More: Hoyer unfazed by Manziel Mania in Cleveland

Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said last week the two players were even in their competition to be starter, but Manziel reportedly increased his standing in the last several days.

The Browns open their preseason Saturday against the Lions in Detroit.

- Ben Estes

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