- Pat McManamon, ESPN Staff Writer
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THE WORK: Manziel had three strong practices in a row leading up to the preseason opener, but was not as sharp on Monday. His reads were not as fast, his throws not as accurate. Perhaps it was because Mike Pettine had the Browns practice in the rain, though teams will have to play in the rain in the season. Manziel simply wasn’t sharp, dropping below 50 percent (unofficially) for the first time in a week. It also was interesting to see Brian Hoyer get the snaps with the starters. In a week when many expect Manziel to start the next preseason games, Pettine did not mix and match the quarterbacks and said after practice that starting spot in the second game had to be earned. Interesting.
GOOD THROW: Manziel made a nimble move to escape the rush during the two-minute drill. As he rolled right, he side-armed a throw to Anthony Armstrong, who broke free for a score. This seemed to be the definitive Manziel – moving around and making something happen.
BAD THROW: The problem was the definitive Manziel throw would not have counted, because he would have been sacked. The whistle blew the play dead, which led Manziel to voice his personal disappointment. He went on to finish the two-minute drill, but his last throw on third down was tipped by John Hughes and the ball fluttered to the ground.
THE WORD: “If you’re going to put a guy in a starting role, that needs to be earned.” – Pettine, on whether he’d start Manziel in Washington just to see him with the ones.
START CHART: On a 1 to 10 scale, with 10 being Manziel certainly starts the opener, we'll take a look at his chances as he goes through camp.