By Tom Withers | Associated Press
BEREA -- Johnny Manziel took a planned trip one slot up the depth chart. There's no telling how long No. 2 will stay No. 1.
The rookie quarterback took snaps with Cleveland's starters for the first time in practice at training camp on Monday, moving ahead of Brian Hoyer for at least one day.
Coach Mike Pettine said Manziel's promotion was simply the next step in the club's evaluation of the two quarterbacks in the second full week of their competition for the starting job.
"It's just part of our plan," Pettine said. "We said we were going to allow the quarterbacks to compete, at some point you've got to mix up the supporting cast a little bit. It's all part of it."
Manziel's promotion -- planned or not -- caused quite a stir at Browns camp as another large crowd lined the fields behind team headquarters to get a close look at Hoyer vs. Johnny Football.
Pettine knew the decision to move the popular Manziel in with the starters would cause a commotion.
"That's great," he said, shrugging his shoulders. "That comes with the territory."
Manziel had worked exclusively with Cleveland's second-string offense until Monday, when Hoyer was dropped back with the subs.
Pettine cautioned not to look deeper into the change and said there's still a strong chance Hoyer will start Saturday's exhibition opener in Detroit. Pettine said Manziel's performance in Saturday's scrimmage at Akron, where he made plays with his arm and legs, had no bearing on him practicing with the starters.
"It's just something we wanted to work them both in and it's part of our process," he said.
On his first play of 11-on-11 drills, Manziel completed a 40-yard pass to wide receiver Travis Benjamin, who came back to grab the underthrown ball. Moments later, Manziel's tipped pass intended for Josh Gordon was intercepted by safety Donte Whitner.
Manziel completed 6-of-17 passes during the practice, and Hoyer was 11-of-22.
After reviewing the tape, Pettine said both quarterbacks made progress during the Akron scrimmage, where Manziel showed some of the elusive scrambling ability which helped him win the Heisman Trophy as a freshman at Texas A&M.
"I think both quarterbacks took steps," he said. "I thought they both played to their skillset. I thought Johnny did a good job making some plays with his feet, keeping plays alive, and Brian I thought showed some poise in the pocket and stepped into some throws. Let's not forget, that he's a guy coming off of a knee (surgery) and that was really the first true live work that he had gotten, so I thought that was good work for him as well."
josh Gordon back at practice, appeal continues
Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon has returned to practice while his appeal hearing with the NFL enters a second day in New York.
Gordon was back on the field with his teammates Monday after missing two days of practice last week and Saturday's scrimmage in Akron. Gordon and his legal team met with an arbitrator for nearly 10 hours on Friday as he fights a potential one-year suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Gordon's hearing will resume at noon in the league offices.
The 23-year-old was suspended two games last season, but still led the league in yards receiving despite playing in 14 games and with three quarterbacks.
The Browns are eager to find out whether they'll have Gordon at all this season.