Browns QB competition between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel front and center in Berea at OTAs

BEREA, Ohio - The Browns quarterback competition was front and center Wednesday when the team began Organized Team Activities or OTA's.

Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel took snaps along with Tyler Thigpen and Connor Shaw. The team dressed in shorts with no pads and helmets during the workout. Hoyer said he is ready to go out and compete with "Johnny Football."

"I do think when you are gunning for the same thing there is a little bit of edge to it." 

Despite the competition, Hoyer said he was impressed by Manziel on the field.

"He understands he's a rookie. He's pretty quiet. He's really paying attention. I see him taking a lot of notes. To me he seems like a very hard worker and every expectation I had of him he's kind of lived up to that." 

Hoyer was limited in 11 on 11 drills and wore a brace on his surgically repaired knee. Tyler Thigpen was the first quarterback to take snaps with the first team followed by Manziel. Hoyer said he is ready for a full workload.

"At some point they might get a restraining order against me, because it doesn't matter if it's Coach Pettine, Joe Sheean, Kyle, Dowell, I'm texting them all asking them all the time so I'm going to continue to do it," said Hoyer.

One of the big story lines leading up to the first OTA that the media was allowed to watch would be how much national media would be on hand after not being allowed to watch the rookie mini camp last week.

The national media in attendance Wednesday was smaller than expected and the players didn't seem to think it was anything out of the ordinary.

"I see a lot of familiar faces so, it's football.  It's the greatest sport. Anytime there is a big story people want to here about it.  I think it's great for this league. I think it's great for this team," Hoyer said. 

Offensive Lineman Joe Thomas expects more media to come in the near future.

"There is definitely a lot of interest in everything we do this year based on the guys we took in the first round," Thomas said.

Josh Gordon was also at practice Wednesday as expected and did workout.  He did not comment about his situation to the media after practice.

"We just go about it as business as usual," Hoyer said. "For me really this is my first chance to work with Josh. Last pre-season I didn't get a lot of work with him. It's been good to get on the same page with him."

Miles Austin was at practice but didn't participate in any drills.  Coach Mike Pettine said this was just precautionary.  But Austin did talk to the media after OTA's about getting to wear #19, something that hasn't been worn since 2004. Austin said he asked Bernie Kosar for his blessing to wear the number.

"Thankfully, he was more than happy.  He said no problem. Hopefully we can go out to dinner sometime," Austin said.

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