Brian Hoyer, QB, Browns
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2014 Outlook: Bye Week Fill-inLast updated on Jul-07-2014 by Rob Warner
The 28-year-old impressed in two starts last season before he suffered a season-ending injury in Week 5 against Buffalo. Hoyer completed 60-percent of his passes over Weeks 3 and 4 (wins over Minnesota and Cincinnati), while averaging 295 yards per game. He tossed five touchdowns and three interceptions over those two contests and will have every chance to beat out Johnny Football in training camp. Hoyer is entering a contract year, so motivation won't be a concern, but he will likely have one of the more pedestrian receiving groups when Josh Gordon is suspended. The Browns also have the worst fantasy schedule for QBs with 10 games against defenses that were stout against the pass and just three favorable match ups (Jax - Week 7, TB - Week 9 and ATL - Week 12). With his job security and receivers lingering as major questions, a very difficult schedule, and the Browns expected to employ a run-heavy approach -- Hoyer remains unlikely to produce fantasy numbers even if he wins the starting job.
Editor's note: Hoyer is the man to beat for the starting job; however, does he really offer that much to the team? We saw very brief glimpses of his talent and it was up in smoke almost immediately due to injury. If Manziel is the real deal, there's no reason he should sit behind Hoyer for even one game.
Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel struggled, to put it lightly, in his first season as a pro. And according to an ESPN report that cited nearly 20 team sources as well as league personnel, there's a good reason for that: Manziel just wasn't prepared.
Manziel "showed a lack of commitment and preparation, a failure to be ready when given a chance in his first start against Cincinnati and a continued commitment to nightlife, which affected his preparation and work while in the team facility," according to the article.
Manziel is presented as a player who was routinely late for team activities and, when he was named the starter for Week 15, didn't know the plays, didn't call the correct play in the huddle and/or had to be corrected by his teammates before the snap. One anonymous teammate said Manziel was a "100 percent joke" throughout the season.
Manziel strained a hamstring in Week 16, an injury that kept him sidelined for the rest of the season. But when Manziel didn't show up for a rehab session the day before Cleveland's Week 17 game versus Baltimore, team security went to his house.
"Two team sources said security found a player who they felt clearly had partied hard the night before," the article stated. "One source used the words 'drunk off his ass.'" Manziel was fined for missing treatment and watched that season finale from the locker room.
This lack of preparation and prioritizing fell in line with Manziel's actions while at Texas A&M. One university source said Manziel was lax when it came to studying film and practicing unless the Aggies were preparing for a high-profile opponent such as Alabama.
The article states that Manziel is still supported by the "business side" of the Browns' organization "because of the attention he commands in stadiums and merchandise lanes." But owner Jimmy Haslam and new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo have wondered openly if the team's 2015 starting QB is actually on the current roster.
In related news, the Browns have contacted Brian Hoyer about signing him to a contract extension. Hoyer once appeared to be as good as gone from Cleveland, but Manziel's public face-plant late in the year may have made the team realize that the veteran is possibly its best hope for next season under center.
Hey, maybe Manziel will undergo a transformational maturation process over the next seven months. He better at some point if he wants to be successful in the NFL. He's still in Cleveland's plans, but he's far away from having any fantasy value at the moment.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors1/24 - Report: Browns sources say QB Johnny Manziel showed a 'commitment to nightlife' as a rookie
1/21 - Browns to hire John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator
1/8 - Browns part ways with OC Kyle Shanahan, fire QBs coach Dowell Loggains
12/27 - Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended
12/26 - Browns rookie QB Connor Shaw to start in Week 17
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