There are many different stages where you can say the NFL season begins, free agency, the draft, the Hall of Fame game, but it doesn't really feel like football is back until week one of the pre-season.
Arguably, you won't be able to tell how your team will do next year from the first game, often a lot of camp players are given time to shine instead.
Josh or Johnny?
Tonight marked the first round of pre-season games with several teams taking to the field and a fair few storylines coming into focus.
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A lot of eyes were on Gillette Stadium and the New England Patriots with Jimmy Garoppolo to see what their fortunes could prove to be.
However in Cleveland, their quarterback battle was literally displayed on the field against the Washington Redskins.
So how did the Browns do? They lost, 20-17 to Washington but each man involved in Cleveland's quarterback battle made a statement.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown is widely believed to be head coach Mike Pettine's choice for the starting role in week one and he showed why tonight.
McCown did very well to find the endzone with this play and give Cleveland their first score of pre-season.
However this isn't a one man race and the player formerly known as Johnny Football decided not to be outdone.
Johnny Manziel would send a message to coach Pettine as well with a touchdown which gave everyone flashes back to his days at Texas A&M.
Each man in the quarterback battle made a statement tonight so only their numbers in their very limited game time they had can really send a message.
McCown was 5/5 throwing for 33 yards and the one touchdown, Manziel was 7/11 throwing for 43 yards but no touchdown pass, he did however run with the ball twice for 14 yards including his 12 yard touchdown.
McCown's perfect completion rating gave him a higher QB rating than Manziel but it was far from a bad performance from either man.
Now that the dust has settled however, the Browns have still lost their opening game of pre-season and although it's too early to panic, coach Pettine will surely make sure his players are working over the next few days.
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