Manziel not feeling pressure of Monday

TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published:

BEREA (AP) -- Johnny Manziel understands his limitations as a rookie quarterback.

As he prepares for Monday night's exhibition in Washington, a game that could decide whether he or Brian Hoyer start the regular season opener at Pittsburgh on Sept. 7, Manziel said he's still got a lot to learn.

"I don't think I'm ready for Pittsburgh right now," he said.

Manziel, though, was quick to point out that he's made progress during training camp.

"I've only played one game, but the more and more you see it, the more you get familiar with it, the better it will be," he said. "I think there's guys who have played in this league for a long time who can sit there after years and years of playing games and still don't have it all figured out. It's tricky stuff."

Manziel and Hoyer will split time with Cleveland's first-team offense against the Redskins in a game that is being hyped as a nationally televised matchup between Johnny Football and RGIII, Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Hoyer, who entered camp as the No. 1 QB and has done nothing to lose his starting job, was unaware that he's not part of the ratings campaign.

"I don't watch ESPN, so until you told me that I didn't know," he said after practice Saturday.

Pettine is determined to get Hoyer and Manziel an even amount of snaps against the Redskins. Pettine plans to meet with his staff and pick a starter Tuesday.

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