Browns starter Josh McCown suffered a concussion last week against the New York Jets, and Manziel jumped in and threw a touchdown pass on his first play under center. After McCown was not cleared by the NFL's concussion protocol in Friday's practice, the team named Manziel the starter for Sunday's game.
"Johnny Football" has taken first-team reps all week long at practice with McCown sitting out, and is set to make his third start of his career. He suffered losses in his fist two starts, throwing 13 of 26, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. That is good for a 2.6 quarterback rating.
Manziel will face off against rookie sensation Marcus Mariota in a battle of Heisman Trophy winners. It will be the second straight week Mariota will face a former Heisman winner, becoming the first Heisman winner to face former Heisman winners in consecutive weeks.
The Houston Texans have had a hard time finding their true starting quarterback, and they didn't go with the "sexy" name for their starter Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Ryan Mallett has been given the starting nod over Brian Hoyer for the Texans in week 2.
Hoyer started week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs, but was benched in the fourth quarter. The decision to start Mallett in week 2 was revealed on Wednesday, but head coach Bill O'Brien says he knows who will start and won't say until Sunday.
Hoyer was signed as a free agent and won the starting job out of training camp and the preseason, but struggled with two turnovers in the season-opening loss to the Chiefs. He threw 18-of-36, while Mallett led the team in two scoring drives after taking over in the final quarter.