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Brian Hoyer | Quarterback

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
College: Michigan State
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ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi believes there is an "improved probability" free-agent QB Brian Hoyer returns to Cleveland.
Hoyer may want to test the market before returning to the hot mess that is the Browns, but in the end Cleveland will likely be Hoyer's best opportunity. It is unlikely Hoyer gets anything better than backup offers on the open market, and in Cleveland he would at least have the possibility of winning a starting job. Jan 24 - 12:01 PM

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ESPN Browns reporter Jeremy Fowler reports the team has reached out to free agent Brian Hoyer about a contract extension.

Fowler believes talks could heat up closer to February's Combine, where everyone in the NFL meets. The Browns are expected to offer "backup quarterback money," which is what Hoyer's on-field play warrants. Hoyer and risk-taking agent Joe Linta may first want to see what the open market has in store.
Jan 22 - 5:32 PM

Browns declared QB Brian Hoyer (shoulder) inactive for Week 17 against the Ravens.

A free agent following the season, Hoyer has likely played his final game in Cleveland. Rookie Connor Shaw will start at quarterback with Johnny Manziel (hamstring) on injured reserve. Without Josh Gordon as well, the Browns offense will struggle to move the ball. The Ravens DST is an excellent option Week 17. Cleveland also declared CB Justin Gilbert, LS Charley Hughlett, OL Ryan Seymour, DT Ahtyba Rubin, OL Andrew McDonald and WR Phil Bates inactive for Week 17.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 11:40:00 AM

Brian Hoyer (bicep/shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Week 17.

Connor Shaw will start against the Ravens. Hoyer, 29, finishes the 2014 season with a 12:13 TD-to-INT ratio and 55.3 completion rate. As most backup-caliber quarterbacks do, Hoyer got worse the more he played, and was ultimately benched for Johnny Manziel. Hoyer did play well enough in spurts to earn a backup job for 2015. He will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 01:50:00 PM

Brian Hoyer (biceps, shoulder) is sitting out Tuesday's practice, and highly uncertain for Sunday's finale.

"I don't know if (Hoyer) can get to 100 percent," were the words of coach Mike Pettine on Tuesday. "We don't know where we are at the quarterback position." Johnny Manziel (hamstring) has already been ruled out, leaving all of Tuesday's first-team reps to Connor Shaw. The undrafted rookie out of South Carolina will almost certainly start Sunday's game.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 01:48:00 PM

Brian Hoyer suffered a biceps injury in addition to his shoulder issue.

Hoyer is day to day and hasn't been ruled out for Week 17, but should be considered highly questionable. The Browns signed Tyler Thigpen on Tuesday and are expected to give starter's reps to UDFA Connor Shaw this week
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 11:13:00 AM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports Brian Hoyer suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday's loss to the Panthers, and is day to day.

The team has yet to confirm, but it would up the chances Johnny Manziel (hamstring) is back under center for Week 17. That, of course, would depend on Johnny Football's health. The Browns don't have a third quarterback, so it's uncertain what they'd do if neither Hoyer nor Manziel could go. The most likely option would be promoting Connor Shaw from the practice squad.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 02:30:00 PM

Brian Hoyer completed 7-of-13 passes for 134 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Browns' Week 16 loss to the Panthers.

He added two scrambles for 19 yards. Hoyer entered Sunday's game in the second quarter after Johnny Manziel suffered a hamstring injury. He took three sacks among 16 dropbacks, but did lead two scoring drives, one ending in a field goal and the other a Jordan Cameron 81-yard touchdown. Manziel seems unlikely to play in the Browns' regular season finale, which would give Hoyer the start against Baltimore.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 04:40:00 PM

The Browns confirm Brian Hoyer has been benched for Johnny Manziel.

In a statement released by the team, Hoyer said he was "disappointed" by coach Mike Pettine's decision, but that he'll "be there to support Johnny." Hoyer has been perhaps the league's worst quarterback over the past six weeks, completing just 53.4 percent of his throws while posting a 3:10 TD:INT ratio. The move should have been made a week ago.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 04:33:00 PM

Brian Hoyer completed just 14-of-31 passes for 140 yards and two interceptions as the Browns fell 25-24 to the Colts in Week 14.

We'd guess he left at least 200 yards and definitely two touchdowns on the field in a horrific performance. Hoyer killed a promising Browns first-quarter drive with an end-zone pick thrown into heavy coverage. He also had a horrendous second-quarter overthrow of a wide-open Taylor Gabriel for a would-be touchdown bomb. Hoyer again missed Josh Gordon deep for another would-be TD in the fourth quarter. Cleveland actually had the lead for most of the game, so Hoyer stayed in despite awful play. The Browns will have to seriously contemplate turning to Johnny Manziel ahead of Week 15 against the Bengals.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 05:02:00 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi expects Brian Hoyer to be on a "short leash" in Week 14 against the Colts.

If Hoyer struggles for a fourth straight game, it's more than a little conceivable we could see a halftime switch to Johnny Manziel. Coach Mike Pettine announced Hoyer as Cleveland's Week 14 starter, not Cleveland's starter for the rest of the season. Hoyer's completion rate has dipped to 50.7 percent with a 1:6 TD-to-INT ratio and 55.7 passer rating over the past three weeks.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 08:32:00 PM

Coach Mike Pettine announced Brian Hoyer will start Week 14 against the Colts.

Bummer. Those Johnny Manziel waiver pickups are rendered useless for Week 14, and possibly the remainder of the season barring an injury to Hoyer. Hoyer has gotten the Browns to this point minus Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron for much of the season, and despite looking like he's had no clue what he's doing the past two games, coach Mike Pettine will continue to stand by his veteran game manager. Hoyer has a 0:5 TD:INT ratio the past two weeks. The Browns' playoff hopes hang in the balance. Look for Cleveland to try and pound the rock on the ground against the Colts. Another loss, and the Manziel chants will only get louder.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 11:34:00 AM

Brian Hoyer completed 18-of-30 passes for 192 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions in Cleveland's 26-10, Week 13 loss to the Bills, and was benched for Johnny Manziel early in the fourth quarter.

Hoyer's benching was richly deserved. For the second straight week, he appeared to have no idea where the ball was going half the time, and is now the owner of a 0:5 TD:INT ratio over his past two starts. His first pick was a(nother) miscommunication with Josh Gordon, while his second was a duck he dropped into triple coverage off play action. Hoyer deserves a ton of credit for keeping the Browns competitive for a large stretch of the season, but he's methodically revealed himself as a back-up talent who can't be counted on to make plays with any sort of regularity. Our early guess is that Manziel gets the call against the Colts next Sunday.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 04:21:00 PM

Brian Hoyer completed 23-of-40 passes for 322 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions in Cleveland's 26-24, Week 12 win over the Falcons.

Put simply, Hoyer was lucky to escape this one with a win. Hoyer niftily engineered the Browns' game-winning field goal drive, but may not have gotten the chance if not for disastrously-bad clock management from Atlanta's Mike Smith. With the game in fourth-quarter crunch time, Hoyer made two of the worst throws you'll ever see. His pick on 1st-and-goal with 4:59 remaining was arguably the worst decision by any quarterback in 2014. Rolling right on a busted play action, Hoyer back pedaled and threw a jump ball to Josh Gordon off his back foot. It was easily picked by Desmond Trufant. Hoyer made use of his returning star Gordon, but had multiple miscommunications with him, and at least 4-5 terrible targets. Hoyer won't be a recommended QB2 for next week's trip to Buffalo.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 04:15:00 PM

Brian Hoyer completed 20-of-50 pass attempts for 330 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the Browns' Week 11 loss to Houston.

He also lost six yards on three scrambles. Hoyer's accuracy has been an issue all season, and continued to be against the Texans, missing seemingly countless throws at the short and intermediate range. You read that right -- Hoyer had a whopping 50 pass attempts -- and the Browns won't want to play that way moving forward. Expect Hoyer's efficiency to pick up when Cleveland takes on Atlanta in Week 12, with Josh Gordon back. But he will still only be a starter in two-quarterback leagues.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 05:52:00 PM