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Brian Hoyer | Quarterback | #2

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
College: Michigan State
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In addition to Matt Schaub, the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows names Brian Hoyer as a free agent quarterback the 49ers might pursue.
Schaub has been previously speculated as a fit in San Francisco after spending the last two years with Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta. Hoyer played for Shanahan in Cleveland, and has been far more effective in recent years than Schaub. Barring an unlikely-if-intriguing match with Kirk Cousins, the 49ers will be scraping the bottom of the barrel for veteran quarterback options. Barrows didn't rule out the Niners signing both Hoyer and Schaub in free agency. Feb 17 - 8:41 PM

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ESPN's Jeff Dickerson believes impending free agent Brian Hoyer is a "logical" bridge quarterback if the Bears draft a developmental prospect.

Dickerson wrote Hoyer is "open to mentoring younger players" and "has a strong relationship with offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains." Hoyer also played reasonably well in five starts before landing on injured reserve with a broken forearm. If the Bears try to address their quarterback need in the draft, it will not be surprising to see Hoyer re-signed.
Source: ESPN
Feb 14 - 9:54 AM

Bears placed QB Brian Hoyer on injured reserve with a fractured forearm.

Early-Monday reports that Hoyer would only miss six weeks as opposed to eight were billed as good news, but Hoyer's placement on I.R. knocks him out for eight weeks anyway. We'd be shocked to see Hoyer play again this season.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 05:55:00 PM

Brian Hoyer is expected to return in six weeks after undergoing surgery on his broken left forearm.

Hoyer was initially expected to miss eight weeks, but CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the surgery "went well." The improved timeline could keep Hoyer off injured reserve, but the Bears still need to decide what they are going to do at quarterback for the next month and a half. Matt Barkley struggled mightily against the Packers, and Jay Cutler is still dealing with a thumb injury, although he is well past his original 2-3 week timetable for return.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 09:25:00 AM

Brian Hoyer will have surgery to repair his broken left forearm on Sunday.

Per ESPN's Adam Caplan, Hoyer is expected to miss at least eight weeks. With only nine games left on the Bears' schedule, there's a strong possibility Hoyer will be placed on season-ending IR. Matt Barkley will handle quarterback duties until Jay Cutler (thumb) is ready to return. It's a downgrade for all the Bears' receivers.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 10:24:00 AM

X-rays showed Brian Hoyer suffered a broken left arm in Thursday's Week 7 game against the Packers.

Just brutal. The good news, if there is any, is that the injury was to Hoyer's non-throwing arm. Either way, it looks like he'll be facing an extended absence. Hoyer was in the midst of perhaps the best stretch of his career and looked poised to overtake Jay Cutler as the Bears' permanent starter. With both quarterbacks sidelined, ex-Eagle Matt Barkley will take over the starting job. Hoyer's injury is a blow to all of the Bears' pass-catchers.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 10:10:00 PM

Brian Hoyer left Thursday's Week 7 game against the Packers with a left arm injury and will not return.

Matt Barkley (yes, he's still around) has entered the game. Hoyer went down in the second quarter after taking a huge hit from Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews. He was favoring his left arm/wrist on his way to the locker room and is now headed for X-rays. Hoyer was having a rough night before the injury with just four completions and 49 yards passing on 11 attempts. He didn't throw any touchdowns or interceptions.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 09:28:00 PM

Brian Hoyer completed 30-of-49 passes for 302 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Bears' 17-16, Week 6 loss to the Jaguars.

With the Bears' run game completely stymied, they put everything on Hoyer's plate, who couldn't take advantage of ridiculous volume for a strong fantasy day. Either way, the 300-yard game was his fourth in four starts, while he's yet to throw an interception. He's been miles better than Jay Cutler, and seems poised to keep the Bears' starting job. Hoyer gets the Packers' inconsistent pass defense on the road in Week 7.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 04:12:00 PM

Bears coach John Fox says he doesn't have a plan at quarterback.

"We don't have a plan," was Fox's exact quote when asked if Jay Cutler (thumb) would reclaim the starting job from Brian Hoyer when healthy. Hoyer typically proves to be fool's gold under center, but the same is true of Cutler. Hoyer's play has been dramatically better than Cutler's this season. We'd expect the Bears to milk Cutler's injury for as long as possible, and barring an immediate collapse from Hoyer, keep him under center.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 03:02:00 PM

Bears coach John Fox refused to speculate on his quarterback situation.

"I am not going to get into speculation," Fox said. "Jay [Cutler] is not healthy." The problem for Fox is Cutler will be healthy in the near future, and Brian Hoyer has been the superior quarterback this year. It is tough to see Hoyer getting benched for Cutler even when the "starter" returns to full health. The Bears will likely drag out that return as long as possible to avoid the situation.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 11:43:00 AM

Brian Hoyer completed 33-of-43 passes for 397 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 5 loss to the Colts.

It's the third straight game Hoyer has thrown for over 300 yards. Hoyer took advantage of the Colts' non-existent pass rush and continued to play mistake-free football. With Alshon Jeffery getting banged up early, he targeted Cameron Meredith a team-high 12 times. Meredith caught Hoyer's first touchdown, with his second coming on a 21-yard dump off to Jordan Howard. Even if Jay Cutler returns next week, Hoyer has done enough to remain the starter.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 04:33:00 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Bears' starting quarterback job is Brian Hoyer's "to win."

Hoyer has played well in Jay Cutler's absence and it looks like the Bears are going to keep rolling with him as long as he "continues to thrive." Cutler was playing poorly before he injured his thumb in Week 2. Meanwhile Hoyer has completed 68.2 percent of his passes for 619 yards and four touchdowns over his last two outings. It's doubtful he'll be able to keep that up but Hoyer has at least earned the right to compete with Cutler for the No. 1 job.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 09:04:00 AM

Speaking Monday, Bears coach John Fox said Brian Hoyer could keep the team's starting job regardless of Jay Cutler's (thumb) health.

"Anybody's that performing well, I don't think we're going to be likely to change," was Fox's unusually direct quote. It's noteworthy any time Fox says something that isn't a cliche or platitude, but especially when it involves the team's starting quarterback. Hoyer has been drastically better than Cutler through two starts, albeit in plus matchups. He has another one on tap for Week 5 in the Colts before seeing better Jags, Packers and Vikings defenses. Hoyer has a tendency to start out hot before gradually melting down, but could be a legitimately better option than Cutler, who seems content to make the same mistakes over and over again.
Mon, Oct 3, 2016 03:20:00 PM

Brian Hoyer completed 28-of-36 passes for 302 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions in the Bears' 17-14, Week 4 win over the Lions.

Getting a second-straight start in place of Jay Cutler (thumb), Hoyer played mistake-free football and spread the ball around once again to seven different targets. His first score was a short, four-yard touchdown to Eddie Royal after Jordan Howard drew a long DPI penalty. In total, Hoyer and Royal hooked up seven times for 111 yards and the score. Hoyer's second score was a wide-open six-yard pass to Zach Miller, who Hoyer has now hooked up with three times for touchdowns the past two weeks. Beat writers believe Hoyer needs to remain the starter for at least another week when the Bears travel to face the Colts in Week 5.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 04:45:00 PM

Brian Hoyer completed 30-of-48 passes for 317 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3 against Dallas.

Hoyer struggled to move the offense, but managed to pad his stats with two touchdowns to TE Zach Miller. All of his yards came on checks downs and screen passes after Chicago abandoned the run in the second half. With Jay Cutler close returning, Hoyer isn't a lock to start next week.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 11:45:00 PM

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