Johnny Manziel threw 7 for 11 and 63 yards and took off 6 times for a total of 27 yards but the most impressive thing… he never took a hit. He always slid or ran out of bounds.”The times I did take off, I felt like I got out of bounds, slid, and tried to protect myself in the best way that I could,” Manziel said. “I feel fine.” The rookie QB out of Texas A&M looked good in his preseason debut with the Browns, leading 4 drives as a backup before coaches pulled him to avoid injury. The Browns lost the game 13-12 but Johnny “Football” was fine, he wasn’t afraid to tuck and run but on the other hand he never looked reckless. Brian Hoyer, the other challenger for Cleveland’s starting job went 6/14 with 92 yards.”They both did some things more suited to their skill set,” Coach Mike Pettine said. “I think Brian was high on a couple throws. I think he would want those back, and he threw a couple other nice balls in there. Then I thought Johnny did some nice things from the pocket, and when he got out, he created a little bit as well.” Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford led the Lions to a field goal on his only drive of the game, star receiver Calvin “MEGATRON” Johnson did not play. Detroit’s Kellen Moore threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Corey Fuller with 65 seconds remaining and Giorgio Tavecchio nailed the extra point to give the Lions the 1-point win.
Manziel entered the game halfway through the first half and completed his first career pass, a 6 yard pass to the left sideline to Anthony Armstrong but the Lions stuffed Manziel on a read option on third down ending the drive. Billy Cundiff gave Cleveland a 9-6 lead with a field goal on Manziel’s 2nd drive. On Johnny’s third drive he was forced into a third and 8 but he dropped back and took off, running 16 yards up the middle, the longest run by any Cleveland player all night. Manziel picked up a 1st on fourth-and-1 after taking off to the left side but the drive was ended when Dion Lewis fumbled.Cundiff kicked four field goals for the Browns, and rookie Nate Freese made two for the Lions.
Josh Gordon, currently waiting on word from the NFL on his appeal caught 2 passes for 32 yards.