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Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 10/13/1985 | Birthplace: Lakewood, OH, USA | Team: Cleveland | College: Michigan State | NFL Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 20/2 | Average Draft Position: 143.38
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Report: Johnny Manziel will start Sunday vs. Cincinnati


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has been informed he will be the starter for the Week 15 matchup against the Bengals, reports Fox Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer.

Quarterback Brian Hoyer has started every game this season, but has thrown seven interceptions without a touchdown pass in the last three games.

While Browns coach Mike Pettine has yet to officially announce the decision, CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason LaCanfora reported the announcement is just a formality.


Browns on verge of replacing Hoyer with Manziel


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Johnny Manziel is a near-certainty to be named the starting quarterback for the Browns, starting with the Week 15 game against visiting Cincinnati, a team source has told CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason LaCanfora.

Mike Pettine has yet to announce a change, stating that he must confer with his coaches first. But according to LaCanfora, the struggles of Brian Hoyer in the starting role has created a 99 percent certainty that the switch to Manziel is imminent.

Hoyer has thrown seven interceptions without a touchdown in the last three games and has played a major role in the team all but falling out of the playoff race.


Browns coach Pettine to confer with coaches before naming starting QB


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Mike Pettine has yet to declare his starting quarterback going forward despite the recent struggles of Browns starter Brian Hoyer.

"It would be natural to be leaning the other way (toward Johnny Manziel)," Pettine told the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Monday. But he added that he wanted to confer with his coaches before making a decision as to his starter for the do-or-die game Sunday against visiting Cincinnati.

Pettine added that he believes Manziel will be prepared if he's indeed named the starter.


Browns QB Hoyer: 'I don't think I'm playing differently'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Despite miserable numbers over the last four games that include just one touchdown and eight interceptions, Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is claiming that he's doing nothing different than when he was proving himself to be one of the pleasant surprises of the NFL earlier in the year.

"I don't think I'm playing differently," Hoyer told the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. "I don't have a different mindset going out there, it's just go out and try to see the defense and react. I can't pinpoint one certain thing."

Hoyer could be nailing the coffin shut on his immediate future as an NFL starter, both with the Browns and if he follows through with free agency in the offseason. Any possibility of him signing with his hometown team seems to have disappeared.

"It's so far removed from my mind," he said. "Right now getting over yesterday [a loss to Indianapolis] and moving on to Cincinnati. It's crazy how fast things change. I feel like four or five weeks ago we're talking about contract talks and now we're talking about if I'm even going to be staying here."


Browns QB Hoyer: I haven't heard anything about losing job


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Browns embattled quarterback Brian Hoyer has been told nothing about losing his job to Johnny Manziel, per The Associated Press. He added that he believes he still has the trust of his teammates and coaches.

Hoyer has zero touchdowns and seven interceptions over his last three games and many expect the change heading into the Week 15 game against Cincinnati.


Pettine mum on quarterback situation after Browns loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Mike Pettine declined to name a starting quarterback for the Week 15 game against Cincinnati after a terrible performance by Brian Hoyer on Sunday in a huge loss by the Browns to Indianapolis.

"I'm not speaking on the quarterback situation at this point," he told the media after the defeat.

It would appear quite possible, however, that Johnny Manziel will be under center with the Bengals in town.


Latest dud likely to take QB Brian Hoyer out of starting role


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Brian Hoyer remained the Browns starting quarterback heading into the Sunday game against Indianapolis. It appears likely that he will be the backup when the last-place team hosts Cincinnati in Week 15.

Hoyer performed miserably again in a winnable, must-win battle. He finished 14 of 31 for 140 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. He was particularly bad in the second half, completing 6 of 14 for just 41 yards and a pick. He threw often off his back foot and twice overthrew wide open receivers deep.

It's highly unlikely the Browns will attempt to sign Hoyer, who is slated for free agency after this season. He has no touchdowns and seven interceptions in the last three games combined.


Browns OT Thomas: Keeping Hoyer as starter is right decision


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) Browns All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas has made no secret that he supports the decision of Mike Pettine to continue starting Brian Hoyer at quarterback Sunday against Indianapolis.

Thomas indicated that his team, which remains in the playoff hunt, would not maximize its postseason hopes with a rookie such as Johnny Manziel running the team.

"Certainly when you start throwing guys in there, trying to see what they can do, the message is we're already playing for next year," Thomas told the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.


Pettine: QB Brian Hoyer won't be on short leash Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) Mike Pettine has indicated that Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will not be on a short leash Sunday against Indianapolis.

Pettine said that he did not want to put that added pressure on Hoyer with rookie Johnny Manziel waiting in the wings and added that he expects the starter to play well and win. Pettine also said Hoyer has shown a propensity to bounce back from poor efforts.


Mike Pettine explains decision to stick with QB Brian Hoyer


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine cited the team's winning record in sticking with quarterback Brian Hoyer over rookie Johnny Manziel. Hoyer will be under center when Cleveland hosts the Colts on Sunday.

"After thorough evaluation and talking to the staff, we feel Brian gives us the best opportunity to win on Sunday," Pettine said in a statement released by the team. "This is a football decision and those are always going to be based on what we think is best for our team. Brian has led our team to a 7-5 record. I’m confident that we can get the entire offense playing at the level needed to accomplish the goals we set at the beginning of the season. Those goals are still very much attainable."

Hoyer has completed 56 percent of his throws for 3,056 yards and 11 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Over the past two games, he's thrown zero touchdowns against five picks.

"I don’t have any doubt in myself," Hoyer said Monday, before Pettine announced his choice. "I never have throughout this entire process, going back to last year. I feel like we’re 7-5. We still have a chance to attain all of our goals. It’s still there in front of us."


Report: Browns teammates overwhelmingly prefer Hoyer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The decision to maintain Brian Hoyer as the starting quarterback for the Browns was based partly on widespread support from his teammates, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.

Several Browns players interviewed after the Sunday loss in Buffalo in which Hoyer performed poorly deferred to Mike Pettine, saying it was his call and not claiming to be leaning either way between Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel.


Report: Hoyer maintains starting QB job for Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) Struggling Brian Hoyer is set to start Sunday at quarterback for the Browns against visiting Indianapolis, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports. League sources have confirmed that report, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Mike Pettine is scheduled to make an announcement Wednesday at 12:45 as to whether Hoyer has kept his starting job or has been replaced by rookie Johnny Manziel.


Browns' Pettine not ready to name starter between Hoyer, Manziel


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters Monday he has not committed to Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel as his starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against Indianapolis.

Hoyer has started every game this season, but was benched in favor of Manziel during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 26-10 loss to Buffalo. Manziel led the Browns on an 80-yard touchdown drive.

Pettine expects a decision to be made by Wednesday.

“There's a lot to consider,” he said.


Browns QB Brian Hoyer: I'm going about it like I'm the starter


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer told reporters Monday that until coach Mike Pettine makes an announcement, he'll approach this week of practice as if he's the starter, according to the USA Today.

Hoyer was benched by rookie Johnny Manziel early in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 26-10 defeat to Buffalo. He completed 18 of 30 passes for 192 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Hoyer has been picked off five times the past two games, but remains confident he can bounce back from his recent struggles.

"We all have to play better, myself included. My confidence hasn't wavered," Hoyer said.

Pettine is expected to name his starter for Week 14 against Indianapolis on Wednesday.


Browns quarterback change would matter in Fantasy


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/30/2014) After Brian Hoyer threw his second interception Week 13 at Buffalo -- and his fifth in two games -- Browns coach Mike Pettine inserted rookie Johnny Manziel at quarterback early in the fourth quarter and let him handle the team's final two possessions. He led the Browns down the field for a touchdown on the first, scoring on a 10-yard scramble, and then went four-and-out on the second, nearly losing a fumble on a play that was ultimately ruled an incomplete pass.

Pettine wouldn't commit to either quarterback for Week 14 against Indianapolis, defending his Week 13 move by saying "sometimes you just need change for the sake of change," but Manziel appeared to give the Browns a spark. Pettine may have just invited the inevitable by pulling the plug on Hoyer.

But would Manziel really be worth the trouble in Fantasy? For as dynamic and talented as he is, he's also unorthodox and unproven, not to mention a lightning rod for controversy. But he has one thing going for him that no other quarterback does: Josh Gordon.

For my money, he's the biggest playmaker at wide receiver -- the kind who makes his quarterback look good and not the other way around. Last week, I said Hoyer could end up being relevant in Fantasy because of him. Now, it could be Manziel. We'll just have to wait and see who'll be throwing him passes to close out the season.


Pettine won't commit to either QB for Browns in Week 14


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine has announced that he will take his time to decide who is his starting quarterback moving forward.

"We're not going to overreact," he told the media after pulling starter Brian Hoyer in favor of Johnny Manziel in the fourth quarter of a loss to Buffalo on Sunday. "We'll look at the tape and make a decision. I'm not going to put it all on Brian. ... It's a body-of-work decision."

Pettine also told ESPN that "the door is definitely open" for Manziel to wrest the job away.

The Browns host Indianapolis in Week 14.


Browns QB Hoyer struggles again; might lose starting job


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Quarterback Brian Hoyer has started every game for the Browns this season. He might be holding the clipboard when the team hosts Indianapolis next Sunday.

Hoyer collapsed after a strong start in which he completed 7 of 8 for 79 yards. He hit on 11 of 22 for 113 yards and two interceptions thereafter and was replaced by ballyhooed rookie Johnny Manziel in the fourth quarter.

The former was not solely to blame. Receiver Josh Gordon failed to complete a route that caused one interception. But a horrific pass early in the fourth quarter resulted in his fifth pick in the last two games, during which he threw for no touchdowns. The Browns managed just eight yards of total offense in the third quarter, greatle due to his inaccuracy.

It remains to be seen if Hoyer maintains his starting spot against the Colts.


Browns rookie QB Manziel replaces Hoyer on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Browns controversial rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has replaced struggling starter Brian Hoyer in the fourth quarter of the Sunday game at Buffalo. Hoyer had thrown two interceptions, giving him five in the last two games to no touchdowns.

Manziel entered with his team down 20-3. His performance down the stretch could determine whether he remains the starter going forward. He led the team downfield for a touchdown in his first drive, scoring himself on a burst from 10 yards out.


Browns QB Brian Hoyer after win: 'I feel like I let the team down'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer was not pleased with his three-interception performance following Sunday's last-second win over the Falcons in Week 12, per Cleveland Plain Dealer. Two of his three interceptions came on passes intended for Josh Gordon in the final five minutes of the game.

"It's great to win but I'm really disappointed in myself," said Hoyer. "I feel like I let the team down even though we won. That's not how I play. Obviously it's great to get a win and be 7-4, but I have to do a better job."

Hoyer has cracked the 300-yard mark for the third time in his last four games. He has three touchdowns and six interceptions over that strech.


Interceptions not the story for Brian Hoyer


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/23/2014) For the third time in four games, Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer threw for 300 yards Week 12 at Atlanta.

He had 322, to be exact. It was his second-best single-game total this season. But because of some miscommunication with star wide receiver Josh Gordon, who was making his season debut after serving a 10-game suspension, he also had a season-high three interceptions, including two in the fourth quarter, both on passes that sailed well beyond Gordon's reach.

That's what miscommunication will do for a quarterback.

What will Gordon do for a quarterback? Well, even with all that miscommunication, he still led the Browns with 120 receiving yards. And that was with his longest catch going for just 24 yards. He and Hoyer failed to connect on all the deep balls -- again, a product of miscommunication.

The takeaway for Hoyer owners: Just imagine what can do when he and his star wide receiver are communicating. And I don't mean via text. Imagine when they've had more than just a few days of practice, when they've had a chance to get in sync and aren't missing on all those plays they could have made in Week 12.

Hoyer may be a so-so quarterback, but he's a so-so quarterback who could be in for a big finish, making him a player to monitor even in standard 12-team leagues.


Browns win Week 12 despite Brian Hoyer's three interceptions


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer overcame a season-high three interceptions Sunday at Atlanta to lead Cleveland to a 26-24 win. Hoyer completed 23 of 40 passes for 322 yards, while rushing for 12 yards on three carries. 

The Falcons went ahead 24-23 with 44 seconds left after Atlanta turned Hoyer's third interception into a Matt Bryant 53-yard field goal. However, Hoyer was able to bounce back and lead Cleveland on a seven-play, 61-yard drive, which led to Billy Cundiff's  game-winning, 37-yard field goal as time expired.

Sunday was the third time this season Hoyer has not thrown a touchdown. He has thrown multiple interceptions twice. The Browns are back in action Week 13 at Buffalo.


Browns QB Brian Hoyer struggles in Week 11 defeat


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer was harassed by the Texans on Sunday and victimized by drops, but he also often missed his targets in one of the worst performances of his career.

Hoyer completed just 20 of 50 psses for 330 yards and a perfectly thrown interception that doinked off the hands of wide receiver Miles Austin. Hoyer's lone touchdown was tossed to a wide-open Andrew Hawkins for 32 yards and tied the game at 7-7.

The quarterback was particularly bad in the third quarter, hitting on just 2 of 11 for 23 yards. He threw for 145 yards in the fourth, but mostly in desperation.

Hoyer will attempt to bounce back next Sunday in Atlanta.


Report: Browns QB Hoyer would welcome move to Texans


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is competing against the Texans on Sunday but would welcome an opportunity to join forces with Bill O'Brien in the future, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Hoyer, who has guided his team into first place in the AFC North, will become a free agent after this season if the Browns don't sign him to a long-term deal. The team appears to be either taking a wait-and-see approach or has no intention of signing Hoyer with rookie Johnny Manziel waiting in the wings for 2015.

Hoyer trusts O'Brien, his former England coach, according to Schefter.


Browns QB Brian Hoyer doesn't do much Thursday night


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer wasn't asked to do much Thursday night against the Bengals.

Cleveland opted to pound the ball during the game, racking up 52 total carries. While Hoyer put up average numbers, the team decided to run its three-headed backfield monster. Hoyer completed 15 of 23 passes for 198 yards on the night. He did not throw any touchdowns, but did not turn the ball over either. While the numbers weren't spectacular, Hoyer showed an ability to pick up decent chunks of yardage at a time. He averaged a solid 8.6 yards per completion on the night.

Hoyer will look for more Week 11 against the Texans. 


Browns will have Brian Hoyer, other probables Week 10


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2014) The Browns will have quarterback Brian Hoyer Week 10 against the Bengals.

Hoyer entered the contest listed as probable due to a glute injury. Hoyer was able to fully participate in practice all week, and was never expected to miss the contest.

The team will also have Desmond Bryant, Taylor Gabriel, Barkevious Mingo and Rodney Smith available for the contest. All four players entered Thursday listed as probable.