Highlights: Johnny Manziel Scores First NFL Rushing Touchdown

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Sunday, August 24th, 2014 | 0


Under the new regime of head coach Mike Pettine, the Cleveland Browns have largely seen their offseason dominated by the hype that accompanied their first round selection of former Texas A&M Heisman-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Manziel certainly brought a lot of media attention to the Browns, creating a quarterback controversy with veteran Brian Hoyer. However, it appeared that Manziel had spent more time out partying than studying his playbook, leading the Browns to deem Hoyer the starter for Week 1 of the regular season.

Yet they kept “Johnny Football” in the discussion by teasing a separate formation geared especially for Manziel. Tonight (Sat., August 23, 2014) the Browns took on the St. Louis at home in Week 3 preseason action, and both quarterbacks had a chance to prove their worth.

The game started slowly for Hoyer, who was solid if not spectacular in going 3 of 4 for 38 yards in the first quarter. Things didn’t get much better in the second quarter, as Hoyer was intercepted by Alec Ogletree, leading to a St. Louis touchdown from wide receiver Brian Quick.

It got even uglier, as Hoyer only completed one of his next three throws to sit at 5 of 10 as the Browns succumbed to a dismal 20-0 deficit after Rams wide receiver Chris Givens took off for an impressive 75-yard touchdown.

Hoyer finally settled in and led the Browns down the field for a drought-ending touchdown, hitting wide receiver Andrew Hawkins from five yards out while improving his stat line to 10 of 16 for 84 yards.

Manziel came in and made his presence felt in the third quarter, scoring on a 7-yard touchdown run to close Cleveland’s deficit to 23-14, his first NFL rushing touchdown (courtesy of Vine):

“Johnny Football” picked up a first down early in his next drive, but that was it, as a bevy of penalties and a sack from rookie defensive end Michael Sam forced the Browns to punt (Vine):

St. Louis scored another touchdown, and Manziel got another shot with his team down by 19. The star rookie lead the Browns on another drive, taking them to the 50-yard line with five minutes left to play. A penalty pushed them back, and Manziel turned the ball over on downs after a few short throws.

Manziel got the ball back with around a minute left, padding his stat sheet to finish a respectable 10 of 14 for 104 yards and the rushing touchdown. But the Browns were largely out of this game due to Hoyer’s early ineptitude; fans will quickly be calling for Manziel to take over as the Browns’ starting signal caller.

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