Josh McCown, who has been named the starter, went seven of 10 for 57 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
It’s time to go to the numbers on Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Josh McCown in preseason.
Yes, it’s meaningless in the grand scheme of things, but to Manuel and his supporters it means something. “Our thoughts on the quarterback picture are the same this morning as they were going into last night”.
Tyrod Taylor in his first start this preseason built on his first performance going 7-for-10 passing for 65 yards with three of those completions converting a 3-and-8, a 3-and-7 and a 3-and-4 to keep drives alive. McCown, on the other hand, was 7-of-10 with two interceptions in a poor showing. He finished with a passer rating of 44.6 and a sore right ring finger. But in the fourth quarter, tied at three, Manziel lead an impressive touchdown drive. He had a nice opening drive that resulted in a missed field goal. Manziel got the backups, and completed 10 of 18 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown. His rating was 94.2. “It’s obviously not the standard I want to play at”. “That’s a tough draw and I think Alex is still playing his way into shape”.
Nobody will remember if the Browns won on Thursday night. Overall, he made strides. To me, its something that if we get to the season and were not scoring points, then Ill worry about it.. I wouldn’t say putting heat on. After the game concluded, the Redskins announced Griffin suffered a concussion. “To me, that comes down the road”. “That is a great route by Shane, and that was a great protection on the touchdown pass. A lot of good team fundamentals right there with that second group to get in the end zone on 96 yards when we are backed up”.
So why won’t Pettine just name McCown the Week 1 starter if he’s been ahead of Manziel all off-season? Buffalo has some questions at the quarterback position, but Matt Cassel did look good last week.
Manziel went full Johnny Football, with wild throws and highlight plays. The fact that they held Cassel, injury free, out of their second preseason game tells you that they know exactly what he brings to the table.
Cleveland will be missing several starters, including Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and rookie running back Duke Johnson, three of 10 players slowed by soft-tissue injuries.
Safety Jordan Poyer was taken to the locker room to be evaluated for possible concussion and did not return. Pettine said that offensive tackle Michael Bowie injured a shoulder on the final play of the game and will receive tests.