BEREA, Ohio -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of the Cleveland Browns training camp:
It's worth noting that Johnny Manziel's work with the “starters” on Monday basically included working with the starting offensive line. Coach Mike Pettine said that at some point during the week Brian Hoyer would be back with the ones. Manziel's first throw was caught by Travis Benjamin when Joe Haden was right there to knock the ball down. But Haden missed it because Pettine had the secondary wearing kick-boxing gloves in an effort to keep corners from getting their hands on players. It's a teaching tool in light of the league's emphasis on illegal contact and defensive holding.
The best throws and plays and 2-minute drills belonged to Brian Hoyer. He made a quick throw to Willie Snead down the seam for a long catch-and-run touchdown in the 2-minute. He also had some nice throws in a final, frantic last-minute drive, with a pass to Andrew Hawkins in the end zone just missing connections. Pettine said there was a “more than reasonable” chance Hoyer would start in Detroit for the first exhibition game.
Snead has emerged from the group of young receivers signed by the Browns after the draft when there was great uncertainty over the fate of Josh Gordon. He's a product of the football atmosphere in Belle Glades, Florida, where as a freshman he was Travis Benjamin's quarterback. Snead said his family moved during his high school years, but he still talks proudly of the small town in the middle of Florida on the south end of Lake Okeechobee that produces so many NFL players. “He's just not afraid,” Haden said.
Pettine was not overwhelmed with the way the Browns ran the ball in the scrimmage. “A few runs got out,” Pettine said, “but overall, the run defense was encouraging. I think the offensive guys came out of it knowing that they need to get better.”
Tight end Jordan Cameron missed practice with “an AC (joint) issue” in the shoulder and the team will be cautious with him in the practice game. Read: He probably won't play. ... Backup offensive tackle Reid Fragel of Ohio State was taken off after grabbing his knee after a play. There was no update. ... Defensive tackle Phil Taylor returned to practice after missing a week with a hamstring problem. ... Rookie cornerback Pierre Desir stood up in Monday's practice, and got some praise from the coach for rebounding from a tough veteran minicamp. ... Pettine said the decision on the starting quarterback would be a “committee decision” between him, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterback coach Dowell Loggains. ... On not scoring a touchdown, the coach said: “Defensively, I've already spoken to it that I think we present more looks and sometimes I've seen it retard the growth of an offense during camp. It takes them a little bit of time because of all the looks they're seeing. It wasn't a concern.”
The Final Word: From Haden, on Manziel: “He's becoming more comfortable. You can see he's finally starting to relax. ... That's the thing. When you finally understand the offense, you can play a little bit faster.”