Rookie Johnny Manziel is the backup.
Coach Mike Pettine said he did a depth chart because he had to and downplayed it by saying it could change after every game. He also said there are a lot of positions where he'd rather list co-starters.
Quarterback was not one of those positions, however.
"No, we listed Brian as the starter," Pettine said.
One day after Manziel got all the first-team reps, the two quarterbacks shared time with the starters, but as practice progressed, Hoyer got more and more.
"All part of the plan," Pettine said with a wry smile, indicating that he's aware of the constant attention and hoopla about the position.
Both quarterbacks had good days, with Hoyer probably playing a little better. Although Pettine wouldn't say definitely that Hoyer would start Saturday's preseason opener at Detroit, signs strongly point that way.
"Where Hoyer is ahead is his ability to throw a ball before a guy breaks open," Pettine said. "But we certainly see Johnny making strides in that direction."
Pettine also said it would be a "chunk of time" before the Browns and Josh Gordon have an answer on his appeal. The coach said that barring a ruling from the league before the game, Gordon would play in Detroit.