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ALAMEDA -- Johnny Manziel has been glued to the sideline on game day. The Cleveland Browns’ polarizing, yet talented rookie quarterback has played just five snaps in two games this season.
He doesn’t have a stat to speak of with starter Brian Hoyer leading the charge, but the Raiders will prepare for his athleticism just the same. Interim head coach Tony Sparano acknowledged that point on Wednesday afternoon, saying his defense must be ready for anything.
“You have to prepare for it,” Sparano said. “I was on with them today and they were asking me about the 'wildcat' and all of that good stuff. No different. We have to prepare for Johnny to come into the ball game.”
Questions about Manziel’s playing time increase whenever Hoyer struggles, and the athletic backup has been brought up after Hoyer was 16-for-41 passing for 215 yards and an interception in a surprising loss to Jacksonville.
Hoyer has played decent overall, with 1,439 yards, seven touchdowns and just two interceptions in six games.
Manziel remains a threat, even as a change of pace, and the Raiders have to be ready for him to run a unique set of plays.
“When you get a player like that, you want to try to get him involved a little bit,” Sparano said. “At this point in the season, special packages are a way to do that.”