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Browns not ready to pick QB

Coach Mike Pettine's goal was to name a starting quarterback entering this week's preseason game, the third for the Cleveland Browns and the typical dress rehearsal in which the first team plays into the second half.

Frustrated by poor results and uneven performance by Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel, Pettine changed his mind Tuesday and will take more time to weigh the decision.

"We want to decision right, It's the risk-reward thing," Pettine said Tuesday. "I don't want to rush it."

However, Pettine didn't rule out naming a starter before Saturday's preseason game against the St. Louis Rams in Cleveland.

"I would still like to make a decision (Tuesday night) and that's still very much a possibility," Pettine said. "If we do have to wait until after the next game, so be it."

Manziel is 14 of 27 for 128 yards and one touchdown in the preseason. He completed 7 of 16 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 24-23 loss to the Washington Redskins.

"Some good and some bad," Manziel said Monday night after he .

Hoyer (8 of 20 for 108 yards in two preseason games) was not thrilled with his showing at Washington. He completed 2 of 6 passes for 16 yards against the Redskins.

"It probably couldn't have been any worse," Hoyer said. "It's disappointing. It's embarrassing."

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