Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel got first-team reps during Monday's practice.


BEREA, Ohio -- The long wait for Cleveland Browns fans has come to an end.

For the first time since the Browns selected quarterback Johnny Manziel in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the rookie signal-caller got his first crack at leading the first-team offense during Monday's practice, the eighth day of training camp.

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"It's just all part of the plan," Browns coach Mike Pettine said. "I mean, it was just part of the plan that we've had. It will go back and forth. We said we were going to allow the quarterbacks to compete. At some point, you've got to mix up the supporting cast a little bit. It's all part of it.

"(It's) probably more day to day at this point. I don't think we'll do this for the entire week, and then, we'll meet at some point midweek to discuss how we want to handle the reps in the Detroit game."

Pettine said he was not sure if Manziel or veteran Brian Hoyer would take the first-team snaps during Tuesday's practice, but stated his rookie signal-caller has improved on "the playbook stuff, the repetition, calling the plays in the huddle," and improvising, which he displayed on multiple occasions in Saturday's Family Day scrimmage in Akron.

"I think both quarterbacks took steps," Pettine said of the scrimmage. "I thought they both played to their skillset. I thought Johnny did a good job making some plays with his feet, keeping plays alive, and Brian, I thought, showed some poise in the pocket and stepped into some throws.

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"Let's not forget that he's a guy coming off of a knee and that was really the first true live work that he had gotten, so I thought that was good work for him as well."

Although neither quarterback has distinguished themselves from the other in the competition, Pettine, the Browns' first-year coach, feels that is a good thing.

"They're both competing and they're both doing what they're supposed to be doing," Pettine said. "It would be hard for there to be a clear-cut guy ahead anyway, when they're both being efficient in their play when they're in there."

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With the Browns' quarterbacks competition now in full swing after Manziel took the first-team repetitions on Monday, Pettine will study the practice tape and confer with quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan before deciding who will be the starting quarterback, both against the Detroit Lions in Saturday's preseason game at Ford Field, and again, for the regular-season opener at the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Sept. 7.

"I would still say that's true, but I can't say it's 100 percent at this point," Pettine said of Hoyer starting against the Lions. "But I would still say there's a more than reasonable chance he'll be the starter against Detroit. That had been the plan. I just want to confirm with Dowell and Kyle and see where they are with it.

"Absolutely, that will be a committee decision. We'll meet together. I'm not an expert, but I also feel like I'm in charge of the big picture. We'll formulate a plan, not just with quarterback but with all positions, that we feel gives us the best chance to win."


Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron was held out of Monday's on-field work after leaving the Family Day scrimmage on Saturday. Pettine said the injury is "not anything" to be concerned with going forward.

"It's an AC issue with the shoulder," Pettine said. "If this were a game week, more than likely, he would've gone. I'm still not sure. We haven't made a decision yet for Detroit, but more than likely, we will err on the side of caution."


After missing Thursday and Friday's practices, and Saturday's scrimmage while in New York for an appeal hearing regarding a suspension for a reported failed drug test, Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon was back on the field Monday, working out with his teammates.

"It's still part of the process," Pettine said. "He left practice a little bit early to go in. That's part of the process, as well, that he's involved with something with the league today. We've been patient so far, and it's waited this long. Hopefully, a resolution is coming soon."

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