The Cleveland Browns quarterback competition rolls on, and it continues to be a neck-and-neck affair early on. I’ll be most interested in seeing how these guys play in the preseason, but all we can go off of right now are tweets from beat writers and national NFL observers taking in Browns training camp and relaying their thoughts.
CBS Sports’s Jason La Canfora tweeted out that he thinks veteran passer Brian Hoyer has been “much more comfortable and effective” than rookie Johnny Manziel, adding that it hasn’t been close during the session La Canfora has watched. La Canfora is one of the top insiders around, so when he says something, I listen.
That said, I’m not sure if there’s too much here to glean, other than it being an “interesting note” to file away early on in training camp. I mean, should we be surprised that Manziel, who is a raw rookie, looks less comfortable than a confident, experienced veteran known for his poise? The part that gives me pause is when La Canfora states that Manziel hasn’t been as “effective”. It will be interesting to see how quickly he soaks up the playbook, but we won’t be able to get a good idea of how far he’s developed and how he translates until the preseason games. Those aren’t the same as regular season games, but, again, it’s the best tool we can use to evaluate Manziel. No matter what reports float out there, the tape, if watched closely, won’t lie.