Cleveland Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel saw his first extended playing time in relief of starter Brian Hoyer on Sunday and promptly scored his first touchdown. Manziel, of course, flashed the "money" sign as he celebrated.
Manziel entered the game with 12:01 left in the fourth quarter of a 26-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills with the Browns trailing 20-3. He led Cleveland on an eight-play, 80-yard drive that he capped with a 10-yard touchdown run.
Manziel, a Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M, began the drive with a three-yard run and then completed his first NFL pass with a 12-yard strike to wide receiver Miles Austin. He completed three of four passes during the drive for 54 yards.
On the Browns' next posession, Manziel failed to get another first down. He completed a four-yard pass before two incompletions set up fourth and six. He completed a pass to Austin, who was stopped a yard short of the first down.
“It's been a long time. So it felt very good to get back out there,” Manziel told reporters after the game. “It's been my job all year to make sure I'm ready when my name is called.”
Hoyer, who was the incumbent and kept the starting job through training camp, had led the Browns to a 7-4 record before Sunday's loss. Manziel was used sparingly for a few plays in the second and third games of the season, with an incompletion in his only pass attempt.
Manziel, who had to sit out the first half of a game in college for violating NCAA rules -- although it was never proved he accepted money for signing autographs -- completed five of eight passes for 63 yards and rushed the two times for 13 yards.
Hoyer completed 18 of 30 passes for 192 yards but was replaced after he had a second pass intercepted. Hoyer's starting job could be in jeopardy since he's had six passes intercepted in the last three games.
Browns Coach Mike Pettine would not commit to a starter at quarterback next week. Manziel said he'd be ready.
“That's up to Coach Pettine,” Manziel said of next week's starter. “But if that is the case, and my name is called, I definitely will be ready.”
The Bills improved to 7-5 with the victory.