Report: Johnny Manziel starting for Browns on Thursday
Johnny Manziel will reportedly start at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.
ESPN reported that Manziel would replace injured Josh McCown under center when the Browns face the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday. McCown is battling a rib injury.
Browns coach Mike Pettine hasn’t announced a starter, though, saying the team is still waiting for an update on McCown’s health before making a decision.
“We’ll see where Josh is tonight,” Pettine said. “As we get information, that helps us make a decision and we feel comfortable acting on it, we’ll do it.”
Manziel has appeared in four games this year, and has thrown for 393 yards and three touchdowns. The Browns defeated the Tennessee Titans 28-14 in his only start.
Manziel made his first NFL start against the Bengals last year, and it didn’t go well. The former Texas A&M star passed for just 80 yards in a 30-0 loss. But both Pettine and McCown believe Manziel is a better quarterback now than he was back then.
“I think a lot of ground has been covered,” Pettine said. “I think he’s a different player.”
“He’s been through two weeks of preparation for (Cincinnati in 2014), and on a short week as well. He’s drawing from those experiences,” McCown said. “Just like any work week, we’ll work well together to make sure both are prepared and ready to go.”