Brian Hoyer
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Although the Cleveland Browns named Brian Hoyer their starter to begin the NFL season, the team may have a backup plan in place for rookie prospect Johnny Manziel.

According to, coach Mike Pettine recently hinted that the Browns are exploring ways to get Manziel on the field, including a two-quarterback system that “is on the table.”

“I think in the NFL that you do yourself a disservice if you don’t have two quarterbacks ready,” Pettine said on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Friday (Aug. 22). “And people have asked me about potentially a two-quarterback system and having a package for him. That is on the table.

“I don’t know if that’s anything that we want to commit to just now because Brian [Hoyer] — because of the competition — is a little bit behind in the chemistry and continuity of working with that first group.”

Pettine announced Wednesday (Aug. 20) that Hoyer is the team’s starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. While he explained that Manziel would likely do well on the field, he said Hoyer had a “slight edge.”

“We didn’t see him as truly behind, but it was just Brian had that slight edge,” Pettine said of Manziel. “We’re confident that if we do put Johnny in a game, he’ll play well.”