BEREA, Ohio — Browns coach Mike Pettine says Brian Hoyer is "securely ahead" in the quarterback competition, but his lead over Johnny Manziel isn't "insurmountable."

Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M, was drafted in the first round by Cleveland. Pettine, however, says Hoyer is the starter entering next month's training camp. Manziel has shown progress but is still learning the playbook.

Pettine says it's difficult to completely assess Hoyer, who has been kept out of 11-on-11 drills as a precaution while he recovers from offseason knee surgery.

The coaching staff has been judging the two quarterbacks during practice, but Pettine says "at this point, we really weren't keeping score. We'll be much more apt to do that once we get to training camp."

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