Hoyer ready for Browns QB battle
MAY 21, 2014 2:33p ET
BEREA, Ohio --- Brian Hoyer looked like he was in midseason form as he sailed a deep ball into the hands of wide receiver Conner Vernon for a touchdown as Vernon was able to split Josh Aubrey and Julian Posey.
Hoyer has not yet been cleared for full contact in 11-on-11 scrimmages as he recovers from a knee injury, but he was out there at the end of the practice running with the first team.
Coach Mike Pettine hopes that Hoyer will be cleared sooner than later.
"That is the plan," Pettine said. "He hasn't been cleared under center, that's why we had to simulate the pass rush."
Hoyer participated with a brace on his surgically repaired ACL on his right knee, but looked good throwing the ball and moving around.
"I don't think about my knee at all," Hoyer said. "The only thing that reminds me is the brace on it."
Hoyer said he is anxious to be full go.
"At some point I might have to get a restraining order (against Pettine and the training staff) to let me play," he said smiling.
"There's no difficulty," he said. "My approach is the same. I want to be the best quarterback I can be."
Hoyer said that he and Manziel are getting along.
"It's a good working relationship out here competing and at the same time we're teammates and all trying to make the team better."
Tyler Thigpen ran with the first team when Hoyer wasn't in the 11-on-11 scrimmages and Manziel ran with the third team.
Hoyer said it doesn't seem like a normal OTA in May.
"It does feel a little bit different because as of right now, I'm the top guy," Hoyer said. "My attitude, my mentality never changes, because I always prepare as the starter. I didn't know in week 3 last year, I was going to be the starter."
Hoyer welcomes the competition.
“I don't need to be handed anything. They've made it really clear that it is going to be a competition. ”
"I don't need to be handed anything," he said. "They've made it really clear that it is going to be a competition. I don't make too much of it."
Hoyer gets it that a lot of attention is on Manziel.
"He's coming in as a rookie," he said. "I totally get it. It's not like at receiver as there's only one guy out there. It's football and any big story people want to know about it."
Hoyer said he never asked for a trade and he wants to be the quarterback with the Browns.
"Everyone else made it clear that no one is pushing me aside," Hoyer said. "It's football. I've said it a million times. This is the place that I want to be. I never want to shy away from competition. It was almost a sense of relief when (Manziel) was drafted because now I know who (my competition) will be."
Pettine knows that both players have the competitive fire.
"Those guys are competitors and both want to be out there on Day One."
Gordon in Action: WR Josh Gordon took part in the OTA practice and took his turn with the first team. The Browns are waiting to hear about Gordon's appeal whether he will be suspended for the 2014 season for violating the league's drug policy.
"Until we're told otherwise, it's business as usual," Pettine said.
Hoyer is enjoying working with Gordon.
"I wasn't able to work with him a lot last year, so it's been good."
Rubin Idle: DL Ahtyba Rubin did not practice with an undisclosed injury. Pettine said it isn't a significant enough injury to miss the start of training camp and therefore doesn't have to be reported on. WR Nate Burleson (arm) also was absent.
Austin on Side: Newly signed WR Miles Austin did not participate in practice. He watched from the sideline. Pettine said that Austin is just getting acclimated to the Browns after just signing.
"We want to be prudent," Pettine said. "He was off to the side and we want to get him to take some reps."
Bike Brigade: WR Charles Johnson (knee), DL Armonty Bryant, DL Desmond Bryant, LB Tank Carder, LB Brandon McGee, RB Chris Ogbonnaya, WR Travis Benjamin (knee), WR Kenny Shawn, RB Isaiah Crowell, WR Taylor Gabriel and RB Jourdan Brooks did not practice.
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