Johnny Manziel Takes Over As Browns Starting QB
Following a five-game losing streak, the Cleveland Browns have decided to give second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel a shot, naming him the starter for the rest of the season, reports Yahoo Sports.
So far this season, the 22-year-old has started three games, each opportunity coming when Josh McCown was out due to injury.
On Sunday, Manziel had his best game, statistically, against the Steelers, completing over 70 percent of his passes (33-for-45) and throwing for 372 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. However, the Browns lost, 30-9.
Cleveland coach Mike Pettine praised Manziel on Monday, though wasn't ready to name him the team's starter just yet.
"He showed significant progress," Pettine said. "That was one of the better quarterback performances. You take the first play out -- which you can't forget about. The ball skipped out of his hands -- the fact he rallied from that, on the road in that environment -- I've seen where things have gone bad early and guys go in the tank and they get that glazed look in their eye.
"He was the exact opposite. He was loose. He was into it."
The Browns have six games left this season. Next, they take on the Baltimore Ravens during Monday Night Football on Nov. 30.