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Brian Hoyer | Quarterback

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
College: Michigan State
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Coach Mike Pettine said the Browns "briefly" considered benching Brian Hoyer in favor of Johnny Manziel in Cleveland's 24-6 loss to Jacksonville.
How could they not have thought about it? Hoyer dropped the worst game of his career on the Jaguars, going 16-of-41 passing, turning it over twice, and taking three sacks. He missed a number of throws. "It was discussed briefly, but it was a situation where we still wanted to at least try to end the game with Brian on a positive note,'' Pettine said. Pettine went on to say Hoyer is "firmly our starter," but that's hard to believe. Once you start thinking about going to the backup, it's just a matter of time. Hoyer can't afford to lose to the 0-6 Raiders. Oct 20 - 7:00 PM

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Brian Hoyer completed just 16-of-41 passes for 215 yards and an interception in the Browns' Week 7 loss to Jacksonville.

He was sacked three times and lost a fumble. Browns coach Mike Pettine admitted after the game that Cleveland's offense took a "huge step backwards" against the Jaguars, getting dominated in both the run and pass games. Hoyer was terribly inaccurate, most notably missing Jordan Cameron for a wide-open touchdown early in the game. It'll be interesting to see if Hoyer can afford another game like this before the Browns consider Johnny Manziel. It's a good thing for Hoyer that the Browns take on the Raiders next.
Oct 19 - 4:36 PM

The Browns have shown zero interest so far in extending Brian Hoyer's contract.

The Browns wisely aren't rushing into things with Hoyer. He's been fabulously efficient and has the Browns off to a 3-2 start, but is a 29-year-old journeyman that is benefiting from a very soft schedule. If Hoyer puts together a full season as the real deal, then the Browns can talk. If not, they have Johnny Manziel on the bench.
Oct 14 - 12:32 PM

Brian Hoyer completed 8-of-17 passes for 217 yards and one touchdown in Cleveland's 31-10, Week 6 rout of the Steelers.

That's a 12.8 YPA if you're counting at home. The Browns didn't need Hoyer to make big plays as they gashed Pittsburgh on the ground, but he did anyways, finding Jordan Cameron for strikes of 42 and 51 yards, with the latter going for a score. Hoyer also found Travis Benjamin and Jim Dray for completions of 30-plus yards. Hoyer's fantasy upside remains extremely limited in Cleveland's run-first offense, but he's doing exactly what the Browns hoped he would when they installed him over Johnny Manziel.
Oct 12 - 4:26 PM

Brian Hoyer completed 21-of-37 passes for 292 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in the Browns' Week 5 come-from-behind win over Tennessee.

Ordinarily a game manager in Cleveland's offense, Hoyer was asked to rally back the Browns with his arm after the Titans jumped out to a 28-3 lead. Rally them back Hoyer did, making tough throws under pressure and finding Travis Benjamin for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to seal the 29-28 comeback victory. Hoyer's fantasy outlook hasn't suddenly changed, but it's a reminder that he is solidly the Browns' starter, ahead of Johnny Manziel. Hoyer will be a mid-range two-quarterback-league play when Cleveland faces the Steelers next.
Oct 5 - 6:14 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms the Browns are sticking with Brian Hoyer as they come out of their bye.

Hoyer went 1-2 in the first three games, but completed 64.2 percent of his passes with a solid 7.53 YPA and 3:0 TD-to-INT ratio. Simply put, he played more than well enough to hold off Johnny Manziel. Now the schedule softens against Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, Oakland and Tampa Bay the next five weeks. Hoyer has a serious chance to win games and strengthen his grip on this job.
Sep 29 - 9:21 AM

Brian Hoyer completed 19-of-25 passes for 290 yards and a touchdown in the Browns' Week 3 loss to Baltimore.

He added four yards on two scrambles. Continuing to operate as a game manager in Cleveland's run-based offense, Hoyer was incredibly sharp against the Ravens and is in no danger of losing his starting job to Johnny Manziel entering a Week 4 bye. Hoyer has as a 3:0 TD-to-INT ratio through three starts. He has taken only five sacks and is completing well over 60 percent of his passes.
Sep 21 - 5:41 PM

Brian Hoyer completed just 24-of-40 passes for 204 yards and one touchdown in the Browns' Week 2 win over the Saints.

That's a pitiful 5.1 YPA average. Hoyer didn't do anything to help the Browns win this one; the Cleveland defense and running game earned coach Mike Pettine his first win. Hoyer missed badly on literally all of his throws down field, and has zero arm strength on passes outside the numbers. In Hoyer's defense, he didn't have much to work with with Jordan Cameron (shoulder) out. He targeted Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin a combined 22 times, finding Austin for an easy three-yard score in the first quarter. Hoyer's a back-end QB2 next week vs. Baltimore.
Sep 14 - 5:01 PM

Brian Hoyer picked up 208-of-230 passing yards throwing into the middle of the field in Week 1 against the Steelers.

Hoyer threw one pass to the right side of the field. He also attempted only three passes over 20 yards. It confirms he's checking down, as opposed to looking downfield. With Jordan Cameron (shoulder) questionable, slot WR Andrew Hawkins should see an increase in targets. Hoyer is a low-end QB2 despite a matchup with a Saints defense that gave up 448 yards to Matt Ryan last week.
Sep 13 - 2:25 PM

Brian Hoyer completed 19-of-31 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown in the Browns' 30-27, Week 1 loss to the Steelers.

It was the tale of two halves for Hoyer, who was utterly dreadful as the Browns fell behind 27-3 in the first half, completing just 4-of-11 passes for 57 yards. He was a new man after halftime, however, standing taller in the pocket while delivering quick, accurate throws. That was despite missing Jordan Cameron (shoulder) for the entire fourth quarter. Hoyer's touchdown was a nine-yard strike to a streaking Travis Benjamin in the end zone. Whereas Hoyer was in danger of being benched in the first half, he now has plenty of rope for Week 2 against the Saints. He remains a bottom-barrel QB2.
Sep 7 - 4:29 PM

Coach Mike Pettine assured Brian Hoyer that "it's not going to be a quick hook."

Pettine is likely just saying this to keep Hoyer comfortable and from looking over his shoulder because he also let Hoyer know that the NFL is a "production business." Hoyer was pretty mediocre in the preseason, completing 24-of-44 passes (54.5 percent) for 261 yards (5.9 YPA), one touchdown, and one interception. His two worst games were the second and third, the ones in which the starters play most. Luckily for Hoyer, Johnny Manziel wasn't any better. We're expecting Manziel to make starts sooner than later, possibly as soon as Week 5.
Sep 3 - 1:09 PM

Speaking after Saturday's preseason game, Browns coach Mike Pettine said Brian Hoyer will remain the team's Week 1 starter.

Hoyer stunk up the joint against the Rams, generating only seven first downs across seven series while committing two turnovers, but Johnny Manziel made little noise with the 2s and 3s. Hoyer has looked nothing like an NFL starter this preseason, but Manziel has missed opportunities to supplant him. We fully expect Johnny Football to make starts this season, but Hoyer should be safe until at least the Browns' Week 4 bye.
Aug 23 - 11:35 PM

Brian Hoyer completed 10-of-16 passes for 84 yards, one touchdown and an interception in Saturday's regular-season dress rehearsal.

He also lost a fumble. Hoyer's seven series on offense resulted in seven points, seven first downs and two turnovers. His lone score came after a Taylor Gabriel kick return set the Browns up at the Rams' 37-yard line. Hoyer didn't have great protection against the Rams' stout defensive line, but was inaccurate, often throwing low. Through three preseason games, Hoyer has completed 18-of-36 passes for 192 yards (5.3 YPA), one touchdown and two turnovers. Including rushing scores, the Browns have found the end zone once with their starting quarterback in the game. That's not going to shake the specter of Johnny Manziel.
Aug 23 - 10:10 PM

The Browns named Brian Hoyer their Week 1 starter.

"He was the clear leader from the beginning. We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player," explained coach Mike Pettine. Johnny Manziel was unable to close the gap, starting with off-field distractions during OTA season and culminating with a pair of uninspiring preseason performances. Hoyer, who will turn 29 in October and is coming off an ACL tear, will now serve as a bridge starter until the Browns deem Manziel ready. We suspect that will come as soon Week 5, as Cleveland faces Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Baltimore before its Week 4 bye. Hoyer will be a decided underdog in each of those games.
Aug 20 - 8:18 AM

Coach Mike Pettine said he's still undecided about who the Browns' starting quarterback will be Week 1.

Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel didn't make things easy for Pettine with their ugly performances Monday. "Neither guy really distinguished himself, and we’ll have to go back and study the tape and figure out who to go with," Pettine said. Signs point toward Hoyer being the slight favorite, but his leash will be short if he indeed is named the starter. Pettine had originally planned to name the winner of the competition on Tuesday. He may wait another week.
Aug 19 - 11:12 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Brian Hoyer
2Johnny Manziel
RB1Ben Tate
2Isaiah Crowell
3Terrance West
4Glenn Winston
GLB1Ben Tate
2Isaiah Crowell
3RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
FB1Kiero Small
WR11Andrew Hawkins
2Taylor Gabriel
3Rodney Smith
WR21Miles Austin
2Travis Benjamin
3Marlon Moore
WR31Taylor Gabriel
TE1Jordan Cameron
2Jim Dray
3Gary Barnidge
K1Billy Cundiff