Brian Hoyer
Brian Hoyer
35-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
New England Patriots
2021 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Patriots in May of 2021.
Returns to New England
QBNew England Patriots
May 17, 2021
The Patriots are re-signing Hoyer, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.
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Hoyer's return suddenly gives New England one of the deepest quarterback rooms in the league, as the veteran likely slots in as the No. 4 option behind all of Cam Newton, Mac Jones and Jarrett Stidham. Last season, Hoyer served as the Patriot's third quarterback and logged a single start. It's unlikely that the team carries more than three signal-callers onto the regular season roster, so Hoyer could compete with Stidham for the final spot.
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How do Brian Hoyer's 2020 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
8.3%
 
Avg Target Depth
7.5 Yds
 
Sack Rate
7.7%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
3.7 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
4.2%
 
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Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
216 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
5.02 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.42 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.10 sec
 
Vertical Jump
32.0 in
 
Broad Jump
109 in
 
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Now on his third tour of duty with the Patriots, Hoyer rejoins the team in Year 1 of the post-Tom Brady era. Heading into late June, the 34-year-old was, at least in theory, in the mix to compete for the starting QB job with second-year pro Jarrett Stidham. However, the team's addition of 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton means that Hoyer could be the odd man out if the Patriots decide to roster just two signal callers. Since originally signing with New England back in 2009 as an undrafted free agent, Hoyer has managed to stay in the league by emerging as a capable backup, with enough savvy to manage an offense when occasionally thrust into the starter's role. In any case, Hoyer's previous experience with the franchise is plus, especially considering the unprecedented nature of the 2020 offseason.
With franchise QB Tom Brady both durable and aging gracefully, the Patriots elected to turn to fourth-round draft pick Jarrett Stidham, rather than Hoyer, as the team's top backup.
Hoyer, who originally joined the Patriots back in 2009 as an undrafted free agent, rejoined the organization last November following the trade that sent Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco. Now 32, the well-traveled Hoyer brings NFL starting experience (including six last season with the 49ers) and familiarity with New England's passing scheme to the table, but he'll only see meaningful regular-season snaps in the event of an injury to starter Tom Brady. The Patriots did draft Danny Etling this April, but he's not expected to supplant Hoyer as the team's No. 2 quarterback. In the event that Hoyer is pressed into action, he can't be expected to replicate Brady's elite numbers, but with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels calling the plays and a deep group of pass-catching weapons on hand, Hoyer would be capable of putting up decent fantasy production if called upon.
Hoyer took over for an injured Jay Cutler in Week 2 last season in Chicago and proceeded to throw for 300 yards in each of his next four starts, with six TDs and no picks. In his fifth start, he broke his arm, ending his season. Now with his sixth franchise, Hoyer reunites with head coach Kyle Shanahan, who as Browns OC in 2014 presided over Hoyer's only 3,000-yard campaign. Not that Hoyer was good -- he had a 12:13 TD:INT ratio in 14 games. Still, Hoyer has his best chance for fantasy relevance in Shanahan's pass-happy offense. Free-agent addition Pierre Garcon also reunites with Shanahan, and holdover Jeremy Kerley proved capable last year. In the backfield, fourth-round pick Joe Williams and free-agent vet Tim Hightower join oft-injured Carlos Hyde. The 49ers also figure to play from behind often, giving Hoyer more opportunities.
Hoyer will enter the season as the clear backup to Jay Cutler. After throwing an equal amount of touchdowns to interceptions over his first five years in the NFL, Hoyer broke out with the Texans last year, posting a 19:7 TD:INT along with a career-high 91.4 passer rating. Despite the impressive numbers, his limitations as a passer caused him to get benched for a short time in favor of Ryan Mallett. Based on his overall performance in 2015, he'll likely be able to run the offense successfully should Cutler be forced to miss time.
After two underwhelming years in Cleveland, Hoyer signed a two-year, $10.5 million contract in March with the Texans to compete with Ryan Mallett for the starting job. While Hoyer has the bigger contract, he also has the lower ceiling. Although he's gone 10-7 as a starter since entering the league in 2009, Hoyer has completed just 56.5 percent of his passes for 7.23 YPA and a 19:19 TD:INT ratio. With the Browns last season, he ranked ninth in YPA but finished 32nd among 33 qualified quarterbacks in completion percentage, struggling mightily down the stretch with a 2:9 TD:INT ratio in his final five games. The 29-year-old is a capable backup but doesn't stand out in terms of arm strength, accuracy, size or mobility. Mallett has better raw skills but much less experience, having made the first two starts of his career last year prior to suffering a season-ending torn pectoral. Whoever wins the job will have a nice collection of skill players to work with, highlighted by DeAndre Hopkins, Cecil Shorts, third-round pick Jaelen Strong and running back Arian Foster.
Hoyer will open the year as Cleveland's starter, but he's unlikely to hold off 22nd overall pick Johnny Manziel for more than a few weeks. Returning from an October ACL tear and throwing to a WR rotation that will be without Josh Gordon, Hoyer will likely struggle when he sees the field, at which point the stage will be set for Manziel. Hoyer was somewhat effective with Gordon on the field last year, though, throwing five touchdowns compared to three interceptions.
With the jury still out on Brandon Weeden, the signing of Hoyer by the Browns sparked a bit of conversation at the time of the announcement. He received his first career start last season, though his play in his two games of action failed to change the perception he's going to be anything more than a reserve. He completed 30-of-53 passes for 330 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. The support behind Weeden has grown since Hoyer arrived in Cleveland and he'll battle Jason Campbell for the backup duties this season.
Hoyer, who is ticketed for free agency after this season, has developed into a trusted backup for the Patriots, but if another team suffers an injury at QB, then the Patriots could consider dangling Hoyer, if they feel that Ryan Mallett is ready to assume the No. 2 QB job. That's something that the team is presumably still evaluating, however.
Though the Patriots drafted fellow QB Ryan Mallett this past April, he's viewed as more of a developmental project than an immediate threat to Hoyer's gig as Tom Brady's top backup. In any case, Hoyer remains next in line for snaps in the event of an injury to Brady.
As an undrafted free agent, the odds were stacked against Hoyer last year, but he'll head into the 2010 season as Tom Brady's top backup once again unless the Patriots make a move to add some veteran QB depth.
Like most undrafted QBs he's a bit of a project, but he enters a Patriots' system where he has a chance to be methodically coached up. If he sticks as a rookie though, he'd either have to beat out Matt Gutierrez or settle for a spot on the practice squad.
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Closes season as No. 3 QB
QBNew England Patriots
January 5, 2021
Hoyer finished the 2020 season with 15 completions on 24 passing attempts for 130 yards and an interception in one appearance.
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Inactive Sunday
QBNew England Patriots
Coach's Decision
October 18, 2020
Hoyer is inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos.
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Bound for reserve role
QBNew England Patriots
October 14, 2020
Hoyer is slated return to the No. 2 or 3 quarterback role for the Patriots' Week 6 game against the Broncos after starter Cam Newton, was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
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Unlikely to start Week 5
QBNew England Patriots
October 9, 2020
The Patriots are expected to go with Jarrett Stidham rather than Hoyer as their starting quarterback for Monday's game against the Broncos in the event Cam Newton isn't cleared to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list in advance of the Week 5 contest, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
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Lackluster showing in loss
QBNew England Patriots
October 5, 2020
Hoyer completed 15 of 24 passes for 130 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the Patriots' 26-10 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night. He also gained eight yards on his sole rush and lost a fumble before being replaced by Jarrett Stidham late in the third quarter.
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