"Johnny has done a good job of being a rookie, keeping his mouth shut," Browns seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas said. "Rookies are supposed to be seen and not heard."
Hoyer, who’s recovering from a torn ACL last October, isn’t cleared for full 11-on-11 work. On his few snaps with the full team Wednesday, the defensive linemen were under orders to basically stand there. Veteran Tyler Thigpen, added to the Browns roster late last month, got most of the other reps with the first unit. Earlier this week, Pettine said the team would track reps closely to ensure a fair competition throughout the spring and summer.
It’s a competition that’s just beginning.
"It’s just like any other rookie, that he’s just inconsistent," Pettine said of Manziel. "A lot of it’s the mental part of it. He’s more worrying about getting the formation right, making sure the motion’s correct and he’s got the cadence. Then he’s got to worry about where guys are. Once all that stuff becomes second nature a little bit, he’ll be a lot more comfortable.
"He flashed some things that made him kind of who he is, the ability to make plays on his feet."
Manziel and the Browns have eight more OTA sessions over the next two weeks, then a full-squad minicamp June 10-12 that wraps up the offseason for the veterans. Manziel and the rookies will be at the facility for about two weeks after that.
Training camp will begin in late July, two weeks before the Browns open the preseason — a preseason that the drafting of Manziel and the launching of this quarterback competition made very interesting.
"I don’t need to be handed anything," Hoyer said. "They’ve made it really clear that it is going to be a competition."