BEREA—Johnny Manziel will get to show America what he’s got—good or bad.
Manziel was named the starting quarterback for Thursday’s nationally televised game with the Cincinnati Bengals.
“I’m excited about the opportunity,” Manziel said Wednesday. “Starting against the Titans seems like such a long time ago but I’ve been in games for the last two weeks and with every opportunity I get, I try to make the most of them. I feel like I’ve gotten two solid days of reps with the first team on this short week so I’m confident that I will be prepared and ready to go tomorrow night.”
Manziel will get his second start of the season in place of Josh McCown. He led the Browns to a 28-14 win over the Titans in the second week of the season. Manziel was 8-of-15 for 172 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin late in the game to seal the victory.
On the season, Manziel is 28-of-50 for 393 yards (56 pct.) with three touchdowns and one interception and a rating of 93.2.
Manziel made his first NFL start against the Bengals last season on Dec. 14 and was 10-of-18 for just 80 yards and two interceptions in a 30-0 loss to Cincinnati at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Manziel said he learned from the lopsided loss last year.
“Obviously, that was not the first career start I would have hoped for or expected when the Bengals came to our stadium last year,” Manziel said. “I did learn from it and I feel much more confident in my abilities now because of the progress I feel like I’ve made over this season. My experience in that game from last year should help me tomorrow night.”
Six Ruled Out: The Browns have ruled six players out for Thursday's game with the Bengals, including for plaers who have concussions: DB Joe Haden, DB Donte Whitner, WR Andrew Hawkins and WR Brian Hartline. DB Jordan Poyer (shoulder) and QB Josh McCown (ribs/shoulder) are also out. DB Tashaun Gipson (ankle), LB Craig Robertson (ankle) and LB Nate Orchard (shoulder) are alll questionable.