Browns defensive back Joe Haden likes the competition between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel.


BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden has seen his fair share of quarterback competitions since being selected by the team in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, but despite the constant change under center, he believes this competition between veteran Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel is a healthy one for the team.

"Like we said, it's a good, solid competition, and at the end of the day, the coaches put (Manziel) in there so they're probably seeing something or just wanted to see what Johnny looked like with the ones and going against the one defense with the one wide receivers and the offensive line," Haden said following Monday's practice.

"Just mixing it up and just seeing how players react and what's going on, I think it's a solid competition. Both of them are doing really good jobs and I like it. I like both of them. Both of them are doing really positive things, trying to control the offense. They're getting a little more comfortable and the defense isn't helping out too much. We're trying to make it as tough as possible for them."

Although Manziel is a rookie who has had just over a week of training-camp practices in the NFL, he has done a good job of looking off defensive backs and going through his progressions before utilizing his ability to scramble and throw on the run.

"He's becoming more comfortable," Haden said. "You can see that he's finally starting to relax. I think that just understanding the offense, unless you play a whole lot faster, especially at quarterback, you've got to do the protections and now, your hot routes and understand what defense you're in.

"I think now, you can see, finally, he's kind of moving around a little bit more, feeling a little more comfortable and that's the thing when you understand the offense you can play a little bit faster."

A fan of football, especially at the collegiate level, Haden watched a lot of Manziel when he was leading the Texas A&M Aggies to success in the Southeastern Conference, including a victory over defending national champion Alabama in 2012.

And whether or not Manziel wins the job outright or has to wait for his chance to play, after watching him in college, Haden is glad he is a Brown.

"He was a winner and he played with passion, and he was just a playmaker, running around and scrambling like that and being able to throw the ball like that, that's something that a lot of people aren't able to do," Haden said. "He's able to extend plays and he has a really good arm, so I mean, I like him. I like his personality, and he's playing with a lot of passion and they were winning, so I liked him."

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