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NFL Preseason Preview - Cleveland (0-1) at Washington (1-0)



By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(SportsNetwork.com) - Johnny Manziel is already the headlining the marquee.

"Johnny Football" and his Cleveland Browns will put a period on Week 2 of the NFL's preseason action on Monday night when they visit the Washington Redskins.

Last week, the Browns opened the preseason with veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer as the starter but all eyes were on Manziel, the former Heisman Trophy winner out of Texas A&M.

Hoyer completed 6-of-14 passes for 92 yards in a 13-12 loss at Detroit before being replaced by Manziel, who was drafted by Cleveland with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of May's draft.

Manziel connected on 7-of-11 passes in his debut for 63 yards and showed off his top-tier movement skills by adding an additional 27 rushing yards.

"They both did some things more suited to their skill set," said Browns first- year coach Mike Pettine when talking about his QBs.

Manziel is expected to split first-team reps with Hoyer this week against the Redskins.

"It'll be exciting. There's a lot about Johnny Football that's exciting to watch," Washington coach Jay Gruden said when asked about facing Manziel. "All we're going to do is focus on ourselves though moving forward -- what we're going to do, how we're going to prepare."

Gruden, another first-year head coach, got his first victory last week with a 23-6 win over New England.

The Redskins outgained the Patriots, 387-270, including a 177-63 advantage in rushing yards. Washington had eight different players register a rushing attempt, led by rookie sixth-round pick Lache Seastrunk, who posted team and game highs in carries (12) and rushing yards (63).

"It was great. It was an exciting experience coming out of the tunnel, seeing all the fans here," Gruden said. "It was something I will always remember."

The Skins' starting offense -- led by quarterback Robert Griffin III -- opened the game with an 11-play drive that resulted in a field goal.

"We came out and did what we wanted to do," said Griffin. "Got the starters in and out and had an effective drive. We got some points and almost had a touchdown."

08/14 14:13:28 ET


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