Loggains: Manziel 'is a pro'

BEREA, Ohio -- As quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns, Dowell Loggains has spent countless hours working with veteran Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel in order to get them prepared for the 2014 regular season.

And as such, Loggains has seen a lot of progress out of both men, who enter their third week of training camp competing for the starting quarterback job.

"It's day to day," Loggains said Tuesday. "I'm not going to comment on who's ahead. It's not time to make that decision yet. We have a long process. They're both getting better every day and they're both doing really good things. There's not a leader.

"The bottom line is we want to see who leads the team and gets us in the end zone the most. Both of those guys have done a really good job and I'm excited to see the process as it goes on."

In two seasons at Texas A&M, Manziel completed 595 of 863 attempts (68.9 percent) for 7,820 yards and 62 touchdowns against 22 interceptions. He also rushed for 2,169 yards and 30 scores, including 21 in 2012 on his way to becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

In addition to the Heisman, Manziel was the first freshman to win the Davey O'Brien and Manning awards, and pass for 3,000 yards and rush for another 1,000 in 2012. He was the first player in Southeastern Conference history and only the fifth in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision to accomplish the feat.

"He's an extremely talented guy," Loggains said. "He can throw from the pocket. The thing that's going to help us is (offensive coordinator) Kyle (Shanahan's) experiences with Robert (Griffin III) and things they did in Washington, and being able to move him around, do different things with him.

"The fine line with coaching Johnny is, you can't take the best part of him away, and that's his ability to extend plays with his legs, and there's a fine line of going through your progressions and making plays with your legs, and I thought he did an exceptional job in the game of doing that."

While the Browns continue to work with Manziel -- who rushed for 27 yards in a preseason loss at the Detroit Lions on Saturday -- on how to best utilize his skills, the one thing they made sure to do was address his off-the-field antics that drew national attention.

Since that discussion after Manziel's return to Berea ahead of training camp at the end of last month, Loggains has seen a change in the rookie quarterback.

"He's a pro," Loggains said. "He comes to work every day. He's been phenomenal as far as being on top of the details. He understands he has a long way to go and works like every other rookie in this league does, including Connor (Shaw). He's been really good in the room, learning the playbook and studying.

"We just talked about being a pro and getting in the playbook and working hard every day and the bottom line is, he's competing against himself and so is Brian. Let's max out what we can control and max out our abilities, and that's how we'll be judged in our room."


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