Cleveland Browns practice squad quarterback Connor Shaw said he thinks backup Johnny Manziel would be "ready to go" if he were to play this season, according to a report from ESPN.com.
Shaw also said Manziel has made strides since training camp, according to the report. Veteran Brian Hoyer won the starting job over Manziel, who reportedly had been struggling to learn the playbook in training camp.
Hoyer has thrown for 1,224 yards and seven touchdowns with one interception while leading the Browns to a 3-2 record, with Manziel attempting only one pass.
“If he had to play this season, I think he’d be ready to go,” said Shaw, about Manziel’s readiness in case Hoyer got hurt, citing Manziel's growing comfort with the offense.
The Browns selected Manziel with the No. 22 pick of the 2014 NFL Draft after he played two seasons at Texas A&M. Manziel accounted for 9,989 total yards and 93 touchdowns over two seasons with the Aggies and won the Heisman Trophy in 2012.
Cleveland plays at Jacksonville on Sunday.
- Chris Johnson