There’s a ton of hype surrounding the Cleveland sports scene. For one, the Cavaliers landed that James guy in free agency. Likewise, the Browns drafted high-profile Johnny Manziel to battle with Brian Hoyer for the starting QB role.
Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, speaking to the media after practice Monday, claims one of the Browns QBs has a lot of the same characteristics as future HOFer Tom Brady. And it was Hoyer, not Manziel.
“He’s a lot like Tom Brady,” Thomas said. “When you look at the way he competes and the way he demands the most out of everybody around him, it’s no coincidence that those guys played together. (Hoyer) has a lot of those same mental attributes and that’s a great thing for a quarterback to have.
“He’s the ultimate competitor, and no matter if we drafted a quarterback No. 1 overall, I knew that in his mind he expects to win the job because that’s the type of competitor he is and the type of quarterback.”
That’s high praise for a guy that only has four pro starts under his belt. But Hoyer did spend the first three years of his career backing up Brady in New England, so it makes sense that he picked up some of the traits that make Brady one of the best quarterbacks in history.
Thomas went on to say that Hoyer also demands the respect of his teammates, which can play a huge factor in the competition with Manziel as the starter.
“He has less starts than probably almost any rookie that’s out there starting right now, but he commands a level of respect because of the way he goes about doing his business the right way and acting like he is the starting quarterback that has taken us to five playoffs.
“I think it’s that attitude and that swagger that demands respect. And, he also goes and backs it up out on the field. He throws the ball to the right person. He’s doing things and getting everybody on the same page. That’s just as much the role of a quarterback as throwing touchdown passes.”
While Manziel isthe hot-shot rookie in camp, it sounds as if Hoyer has expectedly been the better professional thus far. Manziel may have a ton of talent, but his antics since being drafted suggest that he has a lot to learn about being a pro QB — part of the reason he slipped down to the 20’s in the draft.
It wouldn’t be a shock to see Hoyer under center for the Browns season opener while Manziel learns the expectations of a pro football player. If Thomas’s words hold true, the Browns may just be better off with Hoyer at the helm than Manziel for the time being.
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