The Cleveland Browns benched quarterback Brian Hoyer in favor of rookie Johnny Manziel against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
The move came in the fourth quarter with the Browns down 20-3 to the Bills. In his first drive, Manziel completed 3-of-4 passes for 54 yards and rushed for a 10-yard touchdown.
Hoyer was 18-for-30 for 192 yards and two interceptions before being pulled. Over the last two games, the veteran now has zero touchdown passes and five interceptions.
Manziel had only attempted one pass on the season prior to entering the game against Buffalo. The Heisman Trophy winner lost a preseason starting quarterback battle to Hoyer, who has started every game for Cleveland this season.
The Browns are 7-4 this season with Hoyer as starter. During an Oct. 5 game against the Tennessee Titans, Hoyer rallied Cleveland to a win after a 25-point deficit, the largest comeback in league history by a road team.
- Molly Geary