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Brian Hoyer | Quarterback | #2

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
College: Michigan State
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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

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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

Brian Hoyer's two-year deal is worth $12 million, but includes $10 million guaranteed with an additional $6 million available in incentives.

Per CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, Hoyer's incentives are reasonably attainable if he becomes "a productive starter." Still, the deal is backup caliber and worth less than last year's Chase Daniel contract with Philadelphia. Hoyer appears likely to make significantly less money than Mike Glennon, whom the Bears chose signing over Hoyer as a stopgap game manager. The 49ers could still easily use an early-round pick on a quarterback if they deem one worthy.
Mar 8 - 9:53 PM

NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports coach Kyle Shanahan views Brian Hoyer as a "backup-type" quarterback.

If Kinkhabwala's report is true -- we have no reason not to believe it -- it would seem Hoyer's addition won't preclude the 49ers from pursuing Kirk Cousins. Hoyer and Cousins were teammates at Michigan State, and it's possible Hoyer signed with San Francisco just to reunite with Shanahan. For what it's worth, Hoyer was dreadful under Shanahan in 13 starts with the Browns in 2014, registering a 55.3 percent completion rate and throwing 12 touchdowns to 13 picks. Hoyer should be viewed as a one-year stopgap at best.
Mar 8 - 3:29 PM

49ers agreed to terms with QB Brian Hoyer on a two-year contract.

Things were headed this direction all day. Hoyer reunites in San Francisco with former OC Kyle Shanahan, serving as a bridge until the 49ers find their long-term answer. Signing Hoyer likely means the 49ers will not trade for Kirk Cousins this offseason, but it seems like a foregone conclusion Cousins will end up in San Francisco at some point. Hoyer is as good an option as any to keep the seat warm.
Mar 8 - 2:57 PM

According to the Chicago Tribune, "indications at this point" are that free agent Brian Hoyer will sign with the 49ers.

Hoyer is expected to leave Chicago with the Bears zeroed in on Mike Glennon, while the Jets have shown interest in Hoyer but lack the coaching familiarity with him the 49ers can offer. Kyle Shanahan was Hoyer's OC in Cleveland. 31-year-old Hoyer would be a traditional "bridge" quarterback in San Francisco, holding down the fort until the Niners get someone better. With that said, he is an upgrade on 2016 quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick.
Mar 8 - 1:44 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the 49ers and Jets are showing "strong interest" in free agent Brian Hoyer.

Hoyer played for now-49ers coach Kyle Shanahan in Cleveland back in 2014. Hoyer started 13 games that year, but had a brutal 55.3 completion percentage and 12:13 TD:INT mark. In five starts for the Bears last season, Hoyer completed 67 percent of his throws with six touchdowns and no picks. Hoyer is probably better and will be much cheaper than Mike Glennon.
Mar 8 - 10:29 AM

The Bears have reportedly "expressed" to free agent Brian Hoyer that they want him back.

The Bears are heavy into the Mike Glennon market, however, and Hoyer likely wants an opportunity to compete for a starting job, something he wouldn't get if Glennon lands his rumored $14-15 million annually in Chicago. Reuniting with Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco would position Hoyer for more playing time.
Mar 6 - 11:53 AM

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

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

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QB1Brian Hoyer
2Matt Barkley
3C.J. Beathard
4Nick Mullens
RB1Carlos Hyde
2Tim Hightower
3Joe Williams
4Matt Breida
5Kapri Bibbs
GLB1Carlos Hyde
2Tim Hightower
3RB1Carlos Hyde
2Tim Hightower
FB1Kyle Juszczyk
2Tyler McCloskey
WR11Pierre Garcon
2Jeremy Kerley
3Trent Taylor
4Victor Bolden
5Louis Murphy
WR21Marquise Goodwin
2Aldrick Robinson
3DeAndre Smelter
4Aaron Burbridge
5Tim Patrick
WR31Jeremy Kerley
TE1Vance McDonald
2Garrett Celek
3George Kittle
4Blake Bell
5Logan Paulsen
LT1Joe Staley
2John Theus
3Darrell Williams, Jr.
LG1Zane Beadles
2Erik Magnuson
3JP Flynn
C1Daniel Kilgore
2Tim Barnes
RG1Brandon Fusco
2Josh Garnett
RT1Trent Brown
2Garry Gilliam
3Norman Price
4Andrew Lauderdale
K1Robbie Gould
2Nick Rose