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Brian Hoyer named Browns' starting QB for preseason opener

Quarterback Brian Hoyer will start over rookie Johnny Manziel when the Browns visit the Detroit Lions on Saturday night for the preseason opener.

Coach Mike Pettine made the announcement Wednesday after practice.

"It was his job," Pettine said of Hoyer. "He was the one coming into 1/8training camp3/8. We did want to mix the groups up as we did, but he's done nothing to have that taken away from him, so he'll be out there with the starters."

Pettine also said it's a "possibility" that Manziel could receive some snaps with the first-team offense against the Lions. Pettine said playing time for his starters Saturday will be "slightly above what the average is." Starters typically play about two series in exhibition openers.

Hoyer took all of the first-team practice snaps until Monday, when Manziel got his first chance to work with the starters. Hoyer took the reigns again Tuesday, but Manziel was back with the first stringers Wednesday.

Considering how the quarterbacks are splitting time with the starters, it would be logical for the coaches to give Manziel the starting nod for the second preseason game Aug. 18 against the Washington Redskins.

"That's possible," Pettine said. "That seems like about a month away to me."

Pettine said the decision about who'll start at quarterback for the regular-season opener Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh will "more than likely" be determined by the first two exhibition games. Pettine said he still wants to name a starter before the third preseason game Aug. 23 against St. Louis.

"I think more weight will be put on those 1/8first two exhibition games3/8 'cause it's live reps," Pettine said. "But the practice part will still be important."

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