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NFL notebook: Manziel: 'I don't think I'm ready for Pittsburgh right now'

| Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, 7:48 p.m.

Johnny Manziel, so full of swagger and cool, understands his limitations. He's only a rookie.

And as the celebrity quarterback prepares for Cleveland's exhibition Monday night in Washington, a game that could decide whether he or Brian Hoyer starts the season opener at the Steelers on Sept. 7, Manziel acknowledged he's still has a lot to learn.

“I don't think I'm ready for Pittsburgh right now,” he said.

Manziel, though, was quick to point out that he has made progress during training camp, and he expects to get better running Cleveland's offense.

“I've only played one game, but the more and more you see it, the more you get familiar with it, the better it will be,” Manziel said after practice Saturday.

Manziel and Hoyer will split time with Cleveland's first-team offense against the Redskins in a game being hyped as a nationally televised matchup between Johnny Football and RG3, Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III.

The Hoyer-Manziel competition is nearing its conclusion, and it's still not clear if coach Mike Pettine and his staff are leaning in one direction.

Pettine plans to meet with his staff and pick a starter Tuesday.

Rams' RB Pead hurts knee

Rams backup running back Isaiah Pead was helped off the field with a left knee injury after returning a kickoff in the first quarter.

It appeared Pead's knee buckled on a cut at the end of a 33-yard return against the Packers on Saturday.

Pead was a second-round pick in 2012 and made one start his rookie year. He appeared in 10 games last season, mostly on special teams.

Bears, WR Holmes agree to deal

Former Super Bowl MVP receiver Santonio Holmes agreed to a contract with the Bears, the Associated Press reported.

The Bears are looking for a third receiver behind stars Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Marquess Wilson was battling for that job when he broke his collarbone last week.

A first-round draft pick by the Steelers in 2006, Holmes was the Super Bowl MVP in his third year. He had his best season statistically the following year in 2009 with 79 catches for 1,248 yards and five touchdowns. But he was traded to the Jets the following offseason.

Holmes has 5,963 career receiving yards and 36 touchdown receptions.

However, he totaled only two touchdowns and 43 catches during the last two seasons with the Jets, as foot and hamstring injuries cost him 17 games.

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