Hoyer 'securely ahead' of Manziel for Browns' job

By Tom Withers

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, June 12 2014 1:01 p.m. MDT

Updated: Thursday, June 12 2014 1:01 p.m. MDT

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) walks off the field with Tyler Thigpen (4) and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains after a mandatory minicamp practice at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Mark Duncan, Associated Press

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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