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Brian Hoyer | Quarterback | #2

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
College: Michigan State
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Patriots signed QB Brian Hoyer, formerly of the 49ers, to a three-year contract.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Hoyer was also being courted by the Packers. He instead chooses to go back to New England where it all began as an UDFA out of Michigan State. Hoyer will slide in as Tom Brady's backup, replacing Jimmy Garoppolo, who was traded to the Niners on Monday. Nov 1 - 12:16 PM

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Free agent QB Brian Hoyer is visiting the Patriots on Wednesday.

Hoyer, of course, began his career in New England as a Tom Brady backup. New England traded No. 2 QB Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers on Monday, costing Hoyer his job. Hoyer was actually originally part of the trade coming back to the Patriots, but the money was an issue. He's fully expected to sign with the Patriots on Wednesday and slide in as Brady's rest-of-season backup.
Nov 1 - 9:57 AM

49ers released QB Brian Hoyer.

The 49ers gave Hoyer $10 million guaranteed in March to be their starter this season, but he was benched after going 0-6 and replaced by rookie C.J. Beathard, who has been just as bad. On Monday, the Niners swung a blockbuster for Jimmy Garoppolo, making Hoyer useless. Hoyer is a decent spot starter but belongs as a backup. He could replace Garoppolo in New England as the No. 2 to Tom Brady. Hoyer started his career with the Pats, who now don't have a backup to Brady. Hoyer will want to go somewhere he could start, but he may not find it.
Oct 30 - 8:50 PM

Brian Hoyer was benched in the second quarter of Sunday's Week 6 game against the Redskins.

Hoyer was struggling to move the offense before getting benched, completing just 4-of-11 passes for 34 yards. The 49ers had a short leash with the Redskins pulling away early. C.J. Beathard replaced Hoyer and could take over the staring job moving forward.
Oct 15 - 2:22 PM

Brian Hoyer completed 29-of-46 passes for 353 yards and two touchdowns in the 49ers' 26-23, Week 5 loss to the Colts.

Hoyer wasn't doing much until the 49ers' offense exploded late in the fourth quarter. They got the ball down by 14 with under six minutes to go, and Hoyer led back-to-back touchdown drives with hookups to Kyle Juszczyk on a shovel pass and then George Kittle on a fourth-and-goal play to send it to overtime. Hoyer has had the two best games of his career in Indianapolis the past two seasons with the Bears and Niners. Hoyer and the 0-5 49ers travel to face the Redskins in Week 6.
Oct 8 - 4:39 PM

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is not considering benching Brian Hoyer.

"I think he needs to play better," Shanahan said. "I know he can do better. But I also know when he did make throws, guys weren’t great at catching them for him, either." Hoyer has failed to lead a touchdown drive in three games and has thrown an interception in every contest during the 0-4 start. While it is unlikely he is a better option, the rebuilding 49ers have to see what they have in C.J. Beathard at some point.
Oct 3 - 11:21 AM

Brian Hoyer completed just 24-of-49 passes for 234 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception in the 49ers' Week 4 loss to the Cardinals.

That's a 49% completion percentage and brutal 4.8 YPA average. Hoyer was hurt by drops from his receivers, but he still wasn't able to lead a touchdown drive, instead forcing the 49ers to settle for five field goals. Rookie C.J. Beathard came on at one point after Hoyer had his knee and ankle rolled up on a hit, but Hoyer was back in after missing one play. For now, Hoyer doesn't seem to be in danger of getting benched, but the Niners are 0-4 and Hoyer has thrown just two touchdowns with an interception in every game. San Fran heads to Indianapolis in Week 5.
Oct 1 - 8:03 PM

Brian Hoyer completed 23-of-37 passes for 332 yards and two passing touchdowns with nine rushing yards and one rushing score in a 41-39 loss during Week 3 against the Rams.

It looked like he was in for a rough night with an interception on the first play that was nearly a pick six. Hoyer had three turnovers in the first two games and the 49ers didn't post any touchdowns in those two games, so there were some murmurs of C.J. Beathard pushing him sooner rather than later. It's a step forward for the 31-year-old Spartan, but he's still only a low-end QB2 against the Cardinals in Week 4.
Sep 22 - 12:09 AM

Brian Hoyer completed 15-of-27 passes for 99 yards and an interception in the 49ers' Week 2 loss to the Seahawks.

Even with Carlos Hyde providing a quality rushing attack, Hoyer could not do anything against the Seahawks. He now has just 292 yards through two games while the offense has failed to find the end zone. He is highly unlikely to be demoted this week with a Thursday night game up next, but the 49ers should see what they have in C.J. Beathard at some point. Hoyer will at best be a back-end QB2 against the Rams.
Sep 17 - 8:21 PM

Brian Hoyer completed 24-of-35 passes for 193 yards and an interception in the 49ers' Week 1 loss to the Panthers.

Aside from a bad interception, it was not a bad performance from Hoyer, but he struggled to get much of anything going or sustain drives. He did show good rapport with Pierre Garcon and hit Marquise Goodwin with a nice ball on what should have been a long gain in the first half -- Goodwin dropped it. Hoyer should have better days, but next week in Seattle likely will not be one of them.
Sep 10 - 8:05 PM

49ers QB Brian Hoyer has looked "very sharp" in training camp so far.

After a shaky minicamp, Hoyer has found his groove in training camp. Some of this has come against the 49ers' second-team defense, but the overall positive reports are encouraging. On a team bound to play in frequent negative game script, Hoyer could have streaming potential during bye weeks.
Aug 6 - 10:48 AM

Brian Hoyer is hosting a passing camp for his 49ers teammates this week in Dallas.

Players from many teams hold these kinds of events between minicamp and training camp, but it is notable for a team trying to learn new coach Kyle Shanahan's offense, especially since Hoyer has played for Shanahan in the past and can help along the transition. No. 1 receiver Pierre Garcon is not attending, but every other notable pass catcher is participating.
Jul 11 - 9:27 AM

Brian Hoyer said his familiarity with coach Kyle Shanahan's offense has made his transition to the 49ers easier.

Hoyer and Shanahan worked together for a season in Cleveland. "Just hearing it the second time around has helped, and knowing the plays," Hoyer said. "I think calling the play is half the battle, and it’s something I really don’t think about anymore." Hoyer admits he still has things to learn about the offense, but he should be fully comfortable by the time Week 1 rolls around. Shanahan has already tabbed Hoyer as his starter.
Source: ESPN
May 29 - 9:15 AM

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Brian Hoyer "is our starting quarterback."

San Francisco traded up to select Iowa's C.J. Beathard in the third round Friday night, but Shanahan expects the rookie to "develop" behind Hoyer this season. Hoyer is a reasonable stop-gap, but neither he nor Beathard looks like the long-term answer. The 49ers should take their big swing next offseason.
Apr 29 - 11:13 AM

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said the team will "continue to look" for quarterbacks.

San Francisco filled the immediate void at quarterback by signing Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, but neither is the long-term answer. San Francisco could end up addressing the position in the draft, or they could bring in another stopgap option and bet on landing Kirk Cousins in free agency next spring. As it stands now, Hoyer looks like the Week 1 starter, but that could change.
Mar 11 - 9:28 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Brian Hoyer
RB1Dion Lewis
2James White
3Mike Gillislee
4Rex Burkhead
5Brandon Bolden
GLB1Dion Lewis
2Mike Gillislee
3RB1James White
2Rex Burkhead
FB1James Develin
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Danny Amendola
3Matthew Slater
WR21Chris Hogan
2Phillip Dorsett
3Malcolm Mitchell
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Martellus Bennett
3Dwayne Allen
4Jacob Hollister
LT1Nate Solder
2LaAdrian Waddle
LG1Joe Thuney
2Cole Croston
C1David Andrews
RG1Shaq Mason
2Ted Karras
RT1Marcus Cannon
2Cameron Fleming
K1Stephen Gostkowski