Mike Pettine Says Hoyer And Manziel Will Split First-Team Reps Vs Redskins

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Browns coach Mike Pettine said Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel will split the first-team reps in the Washington game regardless of who starts the game, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

“The bottom line coming out of the game is that they both should get close to equal reps with the ones no matter who starts,” said Pettine.

He said the decision on a starter will be made on the team’s off day Thursday.

“Johnny’s going to get reps with the ones,” he said. “Just to me, the factor of starting the game I think is a little bit overblown in this situation because we’re going to try to balance the reps with the ones in the game, so I don’t think it was anything that, Brian came in ahead. It’s a little overrated who trots out there for the first time.”

Pettine said he doesn’t know yet if he’ll divide the reps by series or by quarters. The starters for both teams should play the entire first half, so there should be enough first-team reps to go around.

“I don’t know if we’ll do it by quarters,” said Pettine. “We want to make sure that they’re both getting reps, so we haven’t decided on how to do it. We’ll see when we meet on the off day just because I think there are a lot of options on the table and we have to get that sorted out how we want to do it.”

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