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Brian Hoyer still starting quarterback

James W. Wade III | 8/27/2014, 9:40 a.m.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer still number one
Brian Hoyer

This is going to be a short week for the Browns who played Saturday night in Cleveland and now will play Thursday night. The team is in the process of making roster cuts because this Saturday by 4 p.m. which the deadline when teams must get down to 53 players, nobody is safe.

The concern still stands about the defense and major player that are injured. The following Browns have not practiced due to injury: DL Desmond Bryant (wrist), DB Pierre Desir (knee), DB Joe Haden (foot), LB Eric Martin (concussion), DB Buster Skrine (thumb) and DB Isaiah Trufant (knee).

Browns coach Mike Pettine talked about the upcoming challenges with his team and answered a question about quarterback Brian Hoyer being stuck. “I don’t think he’s stuck. I just think he can’t press, that he just needs to keep it simple. Do your job. Good things will happen. Go out there be confident, and hopefully the rest of the offense that they’re functioning well around him. As I’ve said that a bunch of times, probably 30 of the quarterbacks in this league are so much of a product of what’s going on around them that there’s very few that can transcend their supporting cast. I think that certainly applies here. For Brian to look good, for Johnny to look good, for (Browns QBs) Rex (Grossman), for Connor (Shaw) – for any of our quarterbacks to look good we need to play well around them,” said coach Pettine.

The coach is still talking about playing both quarterbacks but confirmed Hoyer is still number one so far. As it stands Hoyer is still the starter. “We're going to watch the tape and see where we are. That is on the table, but I think we need continuity as a starting offense before we start to worry about going to a change-up,” said coach Pettine.

The defense had issues too. Maybe missing Joe Haden and Buster Skrine may have been a problem since rookie Justin Gilbert had a bad night.

“I didn’t make plays when I needed to. That’s pretty much it,” said Gilbert.

Hoyer is ready for Thursday and does not feel the team is down on themselves from all the mistakes. “I don’t feel we’re down on ourselves. I think the most frustrating part to us is that we do some things really well and then we shoot ourselves in the foot. It’s not like we’re going out there and just going three and out, three and out, three and out. That’s the frustrating part. If we just sucked then I think we would kind of just be down on ourselves, but we realize what we can be. That’s the most frustrating part and that’s why we’ve been coming out of these games feeling mad at ourselves. I think obviously we want to go out and play and execute Thursday night really well, but I don’t think there’s going to be any type of hangover whether it’s positive or negative going into regular season. I think it’s a whole new ball game when that comes around,” said Hoyer.