Cleveland Browns versus Washington Redskins tonight
James W. Wade III | 8/18/2014, 12:35 p.m.
The Cleveland Browns are ready to play the Washington Redskins tonight in Washington, DC, this is the second Browns pre season game. Quarterback Brian Hoyer will start the game and will hopefully get the nod to become the starting man for the job for the season.
Browns Coach Mike Pettine has been watching both all through training camp. And when asked about if he was disappointed that Hoyer has not stood out as the number one man, Pettine didn’t seem like he felt he should.
“I don’t think so. I think they both started camp at a certain point and they both made improvement. They’ve both made big strides. When you look at it, and I mentioned it last week, we feel like we’re in a good position. We have two quarterbacks who we feel have NFL starter ability. That’s why it’ll be a difficult decision. I don’t see it as a disappointment that one hasn’t distinguished himself over the other,” said Coach Pettine.
The one concern is not hearing enough about the Browns number one pick Justin Gilbert who competing for a spot on the team. “Justin is doing good. He had four good practices before he got dinged and it was quite a competition and he’s only been back for two days now so we’ll see how it goes. Our plan is to roll those guys the first half of the Redskins game. I want to see him out there in game-action. You can’t simulate that in practice and he’s going to get a chance to go up against two pretty damn good receivers in Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson,” said defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil.
Hoyer is ready to play and not concerned about all the hype with Johnny Manziel and wants to give 100 percent each time he is on the field. “I play every game like it’s a regular season game. There’s no way to go about it other than that. I think the moment you think it’s just a preseason game is the moment you’re not prepared mentally, and all of the sudden something sneaks up on you and you’re losing 14-0 in the first quarter. I prepare every game, whether it’s preseason or regular season, like I’m going to play the whole game until that coach pulls me out. You’ve got to be prepared to play a football game. Those guys aren’t going to hold back on the other side. That’s for sure. You’ve just got to be prepared like you would in a normal situation. Obviously you don’t go into the game planning and things like that, but it’s still football. It’s like going against our defense every day. You never know what you’re going to get, but you go out there and react and play the best you can, said Hoyer.
This game will be on television at 8 p.m. and the excitement of playing on national television does not scare Hoyer. “For me, I don’t really look at it. This whole situation, I think, has brought a lot of attention to our team and to our city, which I think it’s always a good thing, but I’m so far removed from that, that it’s not even a concern of mine, said Hoyer.
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