Manziel can succeed as a rookie

Breaking down the quarterback's work in the Browns' preseason opener

Updated: August 10, 2014, 12:07 PM ET
By Matt Williamson | ESPN Insider

ManzielTim Fuller/USA TODAY SportsJohnny Manziel led the Browns in rushing during the preseason opener against the Lions.

Brian Hoyer started Saturday night's game in Detroit for the Cleveland Browns, but Johnny Manziel made his long-awaited professional debut at the 7:32 mark of the second quarter with the Browns leading 6-3. Pass-catchers Jordan Cameron and Nate Burleson were out of the lineup, but Josh Gordon did play, as did the rest of Cleveland's top offensive unit.

It's a very small sample, but there were some things that I liked (and some things that I didn't like) about what Manziel did in his first game against NFL competition. More importantly, there are some facets to this Browns team that have set Manziel up for success as a rookie whenever it is that he takes over as the starting QB.