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Brian Hoyer | Quarterback

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

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According to ESPN's Bob Holtzman, the "feeling in the locker room" is the Browns will start Brian Hoyer in Week 1.
Holtzman expects coach Mike Pettine to make the announcement "well before" the third preseason game, which is when camp battles are usually decided. In other words, the Browns may have already internally chosen Hoyer over Johnny Manziel. "We're all expecting Hoyer to start," one player told Holtzman. There were murmurs after the draft that the coaching staff didn't want Manziel, and that he was essentially handpicked by owner Jimmy Haslam. Pettine suggested in an ESPN Cleveland interview earlier this week that Manziel could spend his rookie season as a "package quarterback," similar to how Colin Kaepernick opened his career in San Francisco, and how Donovan McNabb did in Philadelphia. Jul 25 - 1:02 PM

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The Akron-Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich believes Brian Hoyer will hold off Johnny Manziel for the starting quarterback job in Cleveland.

Ulrich cites coach Mike Pettine's consistent support of Hoyer and the organization's desire to sign him to a contract extension as evidence the Browns are comfortable entering the season with Hoyer as their starter. While that may be the case, Manziel is clearly the future in Cleveland, and he will get the nod if he performs during camp. At the very latest, we see Manziel taking over Kyle Shanahan's offense by Week 5, following the Browns' Week 4 bye.
Jul 19 - 12:44 PM

Brian Hoyer (knee) expects to practice without limitation in training camp.

"Obviously we're going to see how the knee's feeling, but I'm geared up and ready to go and excited," Hoyer said. "I can't wait for next Saturday." It's good news for Hoyer in his battle with Johnny Manziel, as he'll have little room for error as he attempts to hold off the league's most buzzed about prospect.
Jul 17 - 8:59 PM

Brian Hoyer (knee) confirmed he's ready for training camp.

"No doubt," Hoyer said. "I'm ready to go, can't wait for Day 1." Hoyer was limited in OTAs, but will open camp as the Browns' tentative starter. Johnny Manziel will also see first-team reps as the two battle to start in Week 1.
Jul 12 - 9:34 PM

Brian Hoyer's agent said it will be "very difficult" to work out a contract extension with the Browns.

"We're always open to talking with the Browns, but we're content to wait and see what happens down the road," said player rep Joe Linta, who also reps Joe Flacco. It's not a surprising take as Hoyer could always settle for backup money down the line, but could land a far bigger contract if he's able to hold off Johnny Manziel and show well in starting opportunities this year.
Jun 30 - 12:20 PM

Sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter that the Browns are trying to sign QB Brian Hoyer to a contract extension.

Hoyer is entering the final year of a deal that will pay him $1 million. Cleveland's desire to extend him suggests they're very optimistic on the progress of his surgically-repaired ACL, and also view him as a long-term backup to first-round rookie Johnny Manziel. The 28-year-old Hoyer went 2-0 in games he started and finished last season, and will enter this year's camp as the tentative starter. Matt Cassel, also a "bridge" quarterback for Minnesota's Teddy Bridgewater, got a two-year, $10 million deal in March.
Jun 30 - 10:05 AM

The Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich predicts Brian Hoyer will open the season as the Browns' starting quarterback.

Ulrich is the first non-Browns-organization member to buy into this thinking. Ulrich, who is a beat reporter and attends practices, believes Hoyer's ACL recovery is a bigger challenge than Johnny Manziel. "So far, I definitely think he is ahead of Manziel," said Ulrich. "And I think he will be the Week 1 starter, but on a short leash. And inevitably I think we'll see both play this year."
Jun 16 - 12:17 PM

The Browns and contract-year QB Brian Hoyer have yet to discuss an extension.

This isn't a surprise. Hoyer was a player fighting to stay in the league at this time last year and is also coming off a torn ACL. He's competing with Johnny Manziel for the starting job in Cleveland and can earn a boatload more money if he comes out on top and leads the Browns to a winning season. Hoyer is set to earn a $1 million base salary in 2014. He's eight months removed from surgery.
Jun 6 - 10:10 AM

GM Ray Farmer said Brian Hoyer is presently ahead of Johnny Manziel by a "substantial margin" in the Browns' quarterback competition.

We wouldn't expect Farmer to say otherwise, considering how they've handled Manziel since the draft. It's also not unordinary for Hoyer to be well ahead of Manziel at this point in time. Hoyer has been in the league six years; Manziel just took his first rep with NFL veterans. JFF should close the gap fairly quickly this summer. He's the heavy favorite to start Week 1 in Pittsburgh.
May 21 - 5:26 PM

Brian Hoyer (ACL surgery) got the first rep as the Browns opened their minicamp Tuesday.

Just 7 1/2 months removed from his ACL tear, Hoyer was reportedly moving well despite a bulky brace. Tyler Thigpen was the second quarterback through, followed by Johnny Manziel.
May 21 - 11:42 AM

Browns GM Ray Farmer reached out to Brian Hoyer after drafting Johnny Manziel, and Hoyer's reaction was to say, "Bring him on."

Hoyer appeared in three games for Cleveland last year, posting a 59.4 completion rate and 5:3 TD-to-INT ratio. "It'll be a competition," coach Mike Pettine promised. "I meant that when I said it. I don't think you can hand jobs to people when they come in." Manziel, drafted with the 22nd overall pick, is the heavy favorite to start Week 1. Hoyer should settle in as a quality backup.
May 9 - 1:16 PM

Coach Mike Pettine said that based on his evaluation of this year's QB draft class, it will be "very difficult" for a rookie to beat out Brian Hoyer.

"I really believe that," Pettine said. "There's that certain 'it' factor [Hoyer] has. Just the way he's attacked his rehab, the way he's attacked learning a new offense. What jumped out was his accuracy." This doesn't sound like the typical coach-speak we hear around draft time. Pettine and the Browns appear genuinely unlikely to use the No. 4 overall pick on a quarterback.
Source: USA Today
May 8 - 12:41 PM

Browns head coach Mike Pettine said it would be an "ideal situation" to pass on a quarterback at No. 4 overall.

Pettine, a defensive-minded disciple of Rex Ryan, doesn't sound enthralled with any of this year's quarterback prospects. "Certainly it's an ideal situation if you can get that quarterback later in the draft and that way you're drafting a position player at four," he said. Pettine went on to express confidence in Brian Hoyer as his Week 1 starter and say that the Browns will select the best player available at No. 4, regardless of position. Note that they also have the No. 26 pick thanks to the Trent Richardson trade. It's very possible a quarterback such as Fresno State's Derek Carr or even Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater will be available there.
Apr 30 - 8:34 AM

Brian Hoyer (knee) is participating in voluntary workouts Tuesday.

It's the first day of the Browns offseason. Hoyer has said all along that he planned to take part in most -- if not all -- of the offseason program after tearing his ACL seven months ago. He's had a smooth recovery and is donning a brace on his right knee. Hoyer currently sits atop the depth chart in Cleveland, but we'll obviously have a much clearer picture in less than two weeks.
Apr 29 - 11:43 AM

Brian Hoyer (ACL surgery) reiterated that he expects to participate in most of the offseason program.

Hoyer sustained no other ligament damage besides the torn ACL six months ago, so his recovery has been smooth. Since there won't be any contact when offseason workouts begin next week, he expects to have clearance from doctors. Hoyer enters the spring atop the depth chart. How firm his grip is on the starting job will depend on when the Browns select a quarterback in May's draft. They hold the No. 4, 26 and 35 overall picks.
Mar 31 - 9:54 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Brian Hoyer
2Johnny Manziel
3Tyler Thigpen
4Connor Shaw
RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
3Edwin Baker
4Chris Ogbonnaya
5Isaiah Crowell
GLB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
3RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
FB1MarQueis Gray
2Ray Agnew
WR11Miles Austin
2Travis Benjamin
3Charles Johnson
4Chandler Jones
5Taylor Gabriel
WR21Andrew Hawkins
2Nate Burleson
3Anthony Armstrong
4Willie Snead
5Jonathan Krause
WR31Nate Burleson
TE1Jordan Cameron
2Jim Dray
3Gary Barnidge
4James Oboh
5Emmanuel Ogbuehi
K1Billy Cundiff