After being demoted to third string two weeks ago, the Cleveland Browns are giving Johnny Manziel another shot at starting quarterback.
According to ESPN, Manziel is being named the starter this week, when the team takes on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. If all goes well, he will then start the rest of the season, in games against the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Austin Davis was named starter last week, after Manziel made headlines for partying in Texas during the Browns’ bye week… and then lying to the coaching staff about it.
Davis went 25-of-38 for 230 yards with no touchdowns and an interception against the Bengals, losing 37-3. He was also sacked three times.
ESPN says the Browns want further evaluation of Manziel’s ability on the field and how he handles any success and failure off it. However, the team is uncertain whether Manziel can re-establish the hope the franchise had when it made him a first-round pick in 2014.