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Brian Hoyer | Quarterback

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
College: Michigan State
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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

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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

Brian Hoyer completed 2-of-6 passes for 16 yards in Cleveland's second preseason game against the Redskins on Monday night.

Hoyer got the start and rotated every two series throughout the first half with Johnny Manziel. Hoyer was bad, missing a wide-open Andrew Hawkins in the end zone for a would-be touchdown and throwing at his receiver's feet on his first throw of the night. Luckily for Hoyer, Manziel was equally bad. Through two preseason games, Hoyer is 8-of-20 passing for 108 yards. If we were to guess, Hoyer is still in the lead to be the Browns' starter come Week 1. He'll likely get the start in the Browns' third preseason game later this week.
Aug 18 - 10:54 PM

Coach Mike Pettine conceded Friday the Browns' Week 1 starting quarterback won't necessarily be permanent.

"I don’t know if you can make a permanent commitment," Pettine said. "So much can change over the course of an NFL season." Brian Hoyer-Johnny Manziel still seems 50:50, but there are indications that the Browns have begun leaning back in Hoyer's direction, after Manziel showed up late to an early-week team meeting. It would make much more sense for the Browns to start Hoyer in Week 1 if they don't anticipate him being a permanent starter. Teams try to avoid benching rookies. Hoyer is a 28-year-old journeyman.
Aug 15 - 3:06 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns will start Brian Hoyer in their second preseason game against the Redskins on Monday.

The Browns have since confirmed. NFL Network originally reported that Johnny Manziel would get the start. It's somewhat irrelevant, as coach Mike Pettine has insisted both quarterbacks will get run with the first-team offense. Manziel was limited to time with the 2s and 3s in Cleveland's preseason opener. The Browns are making Johnny Football jump through every hoop in his quest to earn the starting job, but he's been on point thus far.
Aug 14 - 3:51 PM

Coach Mike Pettine insists the signing of Rex Grossman does not mean the Browns are shopping Brian Hoyer.

There's been a rumor going around that the Texans and Browns have talked a Hoyer trade. It's easy to connect the dots; Texans coach Bill O'Brien and Hoyer spent time together in New England. The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reports the Texans "won't be trading for Hoyer." Grossman is a No. 3 quarterback, at best, anyway. Hoyer is still in the mix to start for Cleveland.
Aug 13 - 4:37 PM

Brian Hoyer opened with the first-stringers at Monday's practice.

Johnny Manziel hasn't passed Hoyer yet, as coach Mike Pettine confirmed the depth chart is unchanged. Expect the pair to rotate with the first-stringers this week before a starter for the second preseason game is named. All we know for sure right now is that Johnny Football has narrowed the gap considerably.
Aug 11 - 11:35 AM

Coach Mike Pettine called an ESPN report that Johnny Manziel has "moved ahead" of Brian Hoyer in the Browns' QB derby "untrue."

It's classic coachspeak. Pettine also left the door open for Manziel to start Cleveland's second preseason game, saying he hasn't decided who will get the nod yet. Pettine still hopes to name a Week 1 starter before the team's third exhibition. Hoyer is a solid game manager, fine spot starter, and ultimately a strong NFL backup. Manziel adds many dimensions to the offense.
Aug 10 - 6:03 PM

Starting the Browns' preseason opener against the Lions, Brian Hoyer completed 6-of-14 passes for 92 yards.

The stats aren't scintillating, but Hoyer held serve in his battle with Johnny Manziel. Although he missed 3-4 passes you wouldn't expect a starter to miss, Hoyer was hurt by two drops, including a brutal one from starter Miles Austin. Hoyer also nearly got Josh Gordon killed on a high throw over the middle. All in all, however, Hoyer built on his solid performance from last season, looking calm and confident in the pocket. Manziel will start the Browns' second preseason game. Coach Mike Pettine hopes to have a decision his Week 1 starter before Cleveland's third exhibition tilt.
Aug 9 - 8:57 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Brian Hoyer
2Johnny Manziel
RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
3Isaiah Crowell
4Glenn Winston
GLB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
3RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
FB1Ray Agnew
WR11Miles Austin
2Taylor Gabriel
3LaRon Byrd
WR21Andrew Hawkins
2Travis Benjamin
3Marlon Moore
WR31Travis Benjamin
TE1Jordan Cameron
2Jim Dray
3Gary Barnidge
4Gerell Robinson
K1Billy Cundiff