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Brian Hoyer | Quarterback

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
College: Michigan State
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The Houston Chronicle's John McClain expects Brian Hoyer to be the Texans' Week 1 starting quarterback.
McClain is one of the longest-tenured writers on the Texans beat, and on any NFL beat for that matter. McClain calls Hoyer "such a natural" in coach Bill O'Brien's system, which gives the quarterback "a lot of freedom at the line." It doesn't say much for Ryan Mallett that Hoyer stands a good chance of beating him out. McClain says Hoyer has been "smooth, smart, and accurate" in practice, and "looks like he's been in the system for years." Jun 16 - 3:38 PM

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Texans coach Bill O'Brien said he is "not ready" to name a starting quarterback.

Both Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer have earned praise from O'Brien, but he has not seen enough in the offseason program to make a decision. "This is a passing camp," O'Brien said. "You can't really run the ball. The defense is thinking pass all the time. The offense is thinking pass all the time because there's no pads." O'Brien hinted the team's joint practice with the Redskins and first preseason game against the 49ers could be deciding factors. We give Mallett the edge over Hoyer, but both players are underwhelming options.
Jun 13 - 12:04 PM

Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett split first-team reps as the Texans opened OTAs Wednesday.

It's worth noting that Hoyer got the very first rep with the starters even though there was a heavy rotation. Mallett is the incumbent, although his two 2014 starts resulted in a 54.7 completion rate and anemic 5.33 YPA. Both quarterbacks are familiar with Bill O'Brien's system from their time in New England.
May 28 - 8:20 AM

Texans signed QB Brian Hoyer, formerly of the Browns, to a two-year, $10.5 million contract with $4.75 million guaranteed.

Hoyer had a last-minute flirtation with the Jets, but his best option for playing time was in a system he already knows under Bill O'Brien in Houston, where Hoyer will only have to beat out Ryan Mallett and Tom Savage to start.
Mar 10 - 11:47 AM

PFT's Mike Florio reports free agent Brian Hoyer will meet again with the Jets on Monday night.

There have been reports that Hoyer has a deal in place with the Texans, but as we learned with the Eagles and Frank Gore, nothing is set in stone until Tuesday afternoon when players are allowed to sign the dotted line. The Jets and Hoyer have remained in contact throughout Monday and could still work out a deal.
Mar 9 - 8:54 PM

The Texans have reached a deal with Brian Hoyer, according to NBC4's Dianna Marie Russini.

Aside from maybe the Jets or Bills, no team was more desperate for a quarterback than the Texans. Hoyer certainly isn't a game-changer, but he's about the best Houston could do in a thin quarterback market, and knows the basics of Bill O'Brien's system from their Patriot days. The Texans also signed Ryan Mallett Monday, setting up a training camp battle.
Mar 9 - 8:52 AM

The Texans are trying to sign both Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett.

Both have a history with Texans coach Bill O'Brien from New England. They would presumably wage a three-way training camp battle against 2014 fourth-round pick Tom Savage, with Ryan Fitzpatrick getting released. Neither Hoyer nor Mallett has generated much interest elsewhere. Signing both is realistic.
Mar 8 - 11:15 PM

The Jets have "inquired about" free agent Brian Hoyer.

The Jets are seeking a veteran to push Geno Smith. Hoyer's market has heated up a bit recently, with the 49ers, Vikings, and Texans all showing varying levels of interest. We would expect Geno to beat out Hoyer in a true training camp battle. Smith's skill set is a better fit for new Jets OC Chan Gailey's spread attack.
Mar 8 - 7:05 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the 49ers and Vikings have expressed interest in free agent Brian Hoyer.

Hoyer wants to go somewhere he'd have a chance to compete for the starting job. It wouldn't happen in either Minnesota or San Francisco, but we highly doubt there are more than 1-2 teams willing to give Hoyer a shot as a starter. He proved last season as a turnover-prone "game manager" that he's a backup.
Mar 8 - 11:17 AM

NFL Network's Jeff Darlington believes free agent QB Brian Hoyer is a target for the Houston Texans.

Texans coach Bill O'Brien was Hoyer's offensive coordinator while the pair was in New England, so he may feel he can get the most out of the erratic Hoyer. Hoyer was a disaster as Cleveland's starter last season, but he would at least offer veteran competition for apparent starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Texans could also re-sign Ryan Mallett, another former Patriot.
Mar 7 - 12:31 PM

Free agent Brian Hoyer still hopes to compete for a starting job.

Hoyer also admits his time with the Browns is through. "It's good for both sides to get a fresh start and go our separate ways," Hoyer said. There are a few teams where Hoyer could compete for a starting gig, but that's it. He's not going to be anointed anyone's starter upon signing.
Source: USA Today
Mar 5 - 5:50 PM

Free agent Brian Hoyer is not expected to re-sign with the Browns.

On Friday, the Browns signed Josh McCown to a three-year deal that includes $6.25M gully guaranteed. He's the "bridge" quarterback to Johnny Manziel, Connor Shaw and whomever the Browns draft. Hoyer, who turns 30 in October and completed a brutal 55.3 percent of his passes last season, will be looking for backup work come March 10.
Mar 2 - 11:50 AM

Free agent QB Brian Hoyer wants to meet with Browns GM Ray Farmer before continuing contract negotiations.

Hoyer wants to know the results of the NFL's investigation into Farmer's game-day texting scandal. Hoyer is likely the subject of some of the texts, and he would like that information before making a decision. The Browns would like to trade for Rams QB Sam Bradford, but that is not going to happen. Hoyer may end up being Cleveland's best option.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 11:36 AM

Coach Mike Pettine says the Browns haven't closed the door yet on free agent Brian Hoyer.

Hoyer's relationship with the Browns has deteriorated since "TextGate," but Pettine is keeping his options open. He has to, as the Browns aren't high enough in the draft to land Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston, and there is little quarterback talent in free agency. Sam Bradford and Jay Cutler will also be worth monitoring if either player becomes available in a trade.
Feb 19 - 10:39 AM

The Browns have yet to meet with free agent Brian Hoyer, and have begun "sniffing around" free agent Josh McCown.

Per ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi, the Browns and Hoyer have begun "drifting apart." McCown would be a downgrade from Hoyer, and going to Cleveland almost certainly wouldn't be McCown's first choice. Even for as limited a talent as Hoyer is, he would still be the Browns' best quarterback option for 2015.
Feb 18 - 1:13 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ryan Mallett
2Brian Hoyer
3Tom Savage
RB1Arian Foster
2Alfred Blue
3Jonathan Grimes
4Chris Polk
5Kenny Hilliard
GLB1Arian Foster
2Alfred Blue
3RB1Arian Foster
2Jonathan Grimes
FB1Jay Prosch
WR11DeAndre Hopkins
2Nate Washington
3Keshawn Martin
4Keith Mumphery
5Travis Labhart
WR21Cecil Shorts
2Jaelen Strong
3Damaris Johnson
4Alan Bonner
5Uzoma Nwachukwu
WR31Nate Washington
TE1Garrett Graham
2C.J. Fiedorowicz
3Ryan Griffin
4Anthony Denham
5Khari Lee
K1Randy Bullock