On Sunday, rookie QB Connor Shaw will be the one to start for the Browns after the player agreed to have a multi-year contract with the team on Friday, something that pay per head bookmaking companies – to not mention fans of the Browns – believe will be perfect for the team, as they know what a well-respected and talented player he is.
QB Brian Hoyer was not able to practice throughout the week after he suffered a bad bruise to his right bicep/shoulder in a game against the Panthers last week. Johnny “Football” Manziel suffered an injury to a hamstring and was put on the IR list.
The team likes how tough the QB is, and players have plenty of respect for him, but a shootout is not expected by Mike Pettine, the team’s coach.
“You’re starting an undrafted rookie quarterback — I don’t think we’re going to look to go down there and win one 41-38,” said Pettine. “We need to be along the lines of 3-2.”
The player will start as the 22nd QB for Cleveland in the team’s last 16 years, and for the third year in a row he’s set to feature as a third-string QB for the Browns.
This year, the only action that he made was an 8 out of 9 performance for 123 yards with a TD in a preseason game against the Redskins.
“I’m just going to go play,” said the player. “With my capability and my style of play, nothing’s going to change. I’m not in garnet and black anymore; I’m in white and brown and orange.”
This week, the QB was slowly being put in the team’s game plan, mounting the offense on Tuesday and on Wednesday before Friday, when he moves on to work in the red zone, and many fans believe that this is a proper way to ease the player into the role.
OC Kyle Shanahan said that he enjoys joking with the QB that at the NFL Combine, the dash of 4.66-seconds and 40-yards that he made was a little bit faster than the 4.68 by Manziel, even though Shanahan does admit that Manziel has a bit more speed.
In any case, pay per head bookmaking companies know that the mobility that both QB’s have is similar.
“One thing I can say for sure, is he’ll be prepared and he’ll compete as hard as anybody,” said the OC about Shaw.