DETROIT (AP) - Johnny Manziel showed off some of his fancy footwork, and the Cleveland rookie looked sharp with his arm too in his preseason debut, although the Browns lost to the Detroit Lions 13-12 on Saturday night.
Manziel entered the game as a backup in the middle of the second quarter, and although he couldn't take his team to the end zone, he did go 7 of 11 for 63 yards, completing one more pass than starting quarterback Brian Hoyer. Manziel also ran for 27 yards on six carries, including a 16-yard scramble in the third quarter.
"For me it was a good start." - Browns Quarterback Johnny Manziel on preseason debut. #LIVEonSC— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 10, 2014
Matthew Stafford led the Lions to a field goal on his only drive of the game. Star receiver Calvin Johnson didn't play.
Browns QB comparisons: - Manziel: 7-11, 63 Yds; 6 rush, 27 Yds - Hoyer: 6-14, 92 Yds pic.twitter.com/pdnmb010GE— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 10, 2014
Reported 2 wks ago browns players expected Hoyer to start week 1. Starting to think they were wrong. Team source says Manziel now ahead.— bob holtzman (@BobHoltzmanESPN) August 10, 2014