Brian Hoyer
Brian Hoyer
33-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
New England Patriots
2019 Fantasy Outlook
With franchise QB Tom Brady both durable and aging gracefully, the Patriots are comfortable with Hoyer serving another season as the team's top backup. The 33-year-old is in the last year of his contract, however, and the team spent a fourth-round draft pick on Jarrett Stidham, so this may be Hoyer's last stand with New England. In the event that he is pressed into action this season due to a Brady injury, Hoyer can't be expected to match Brady's efficiency, but with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels calling the plays, Hoyer would at least be a capable game manager, who could situationally put up decent fantasy numbers. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $4.44 million contract with the Patriots in November of 2017.
Redeems pick, leads TD drive
QBNew England Patriots
August 17, 2019
Hoyer completed six of eight pass attempts for 55 yards, while committing one interception during Saturday's 22-17 win against the Titans. He also gained two yards on his only rush attempt, and hooked up with Jakobi Meyers for a successful two-point conversion.
The 33-year-old journeyman remains the leader in the clubhouse to serve as Tom Brady's backup in 2019, though fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham had an impressive night in his own right with 193 passing yards and a touchdown throw. Hoyer had an interception on New England's second play from scrimmage but was able to lead a 10-play, 74-yard touchdown march later on -- a drive that culminated in a Brandon Bolden goal-line touchdown run, and the two-point play from Hoyer to Meyers. Hoyer built some equity for himself through the first two exhibition outings by managing an 81.9 percent completion percentage and throwing two touchdowns to one interception. He aims to continue the solid streak of play when New England faces Carolina on Thursday.
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How do Brian Hoyer's 2018 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
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    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
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Avg Target Depth
1.5 Yds
Sack Rate
Avg Receiver YAC
11.0 Yds
Receiver Drop %
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How do Brian Hoyer's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
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6' 2"
216 lbs
40-Yard Dash
5.02 sec
Shuttle Time
4.42 sec
Cone Drill
7.10 sec
Vertical Jump
32.0 in
Broad Jump
109 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Hoyer, who originally joined the Patriots back in 2009 as an undrafted free agent, rejoined the organization last November following the trade that sent Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco. Now 32, the well-traveled Hoyer brings NFL starting experience (including six last season with the 49ers) and familiarity with New England's passing scheme to the table, but he'll only see meaningful regular-season snaps in the event of an injury to starter Tom Brady. The Patriots did draft Danny Etling this April, but he's not expected to supplant Hoyer as the team's No. 2 quarterback. In the event that Hoyer is pressed into action, he can't be expected to replicate Brady's elite numbers, but with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels calling the plays and a deep group of pass-catching weapons on hand, Hoyer would be capable of putting up decent fantasy production if called upon.
Hoyer took over for an injured Jay Cutler in Week 2 last season in Chicago and proceeded to throw for 300 yards in each of his next four starts, with six TDs and no picks. In his fifth start, he broke his arm, ending his season. Now with his sixth franchise, Hoyer reunites with head coach Kyle Shanahan, who as Browns OC in 2014 presided over Hoyer's only 3,000-yard campaign. Not that Hoyer was good -- he had a 12:13 TD:INT ratio in 14 games. Still, Hoyer has his best chance for fantasy relevance in Shanahan's pass-happy offense. Free-agent addition Pierre Garcon also reunites with Shanahan, and holdover Jeremy Kerley proved capable last year. In the backfield, fourth-round pick Joe Williams and free-agent vet Tim Hightower join oft-injured Carlos Hyde. The 49ers also figure to play from behind often, giving Hoyer more opportunities.
Hoyer will enter the season as the clear backup to Jay Cutler. After throwing an equal amount of touchdowns to interceptions over his first five years in the NFL, Hoyer broke out with the Texans last year, posting a 19:7 TD:INT along with a career-high 91.4 passer rating. Despite the impressive numbers, his limitations as a passer caused him to get benched for a short time in favor of Ryan Mallett. Based on his overall performance in 2015, he'll likely be able to run the offense successfully should Cutler be forced to miss time.
After two underwhelming years in Cleveland, Hoyer signed a two-year, $10.5 million contract in March with the Texans to compete with Ryan Mallett for the starting job. While Hoyer has the bigger contract, he also has the lower ceiling. Although he's gone 10-7 as a starter since entering the league in 2009, Hoyer has completed just 56.5 percent of his passes for 7.23 YPA and a 19:19 TD:INT ratio. With the Browns last season, he ranked ninth in YPA but finished 32nd among 33 qualified quarterbacks in completion percentage, struggling mightily down the stretch with a 2:9 TD:INT ratio in his final five games. The 29-year-old is a capable backup but doesn't stand out in terms of arm strength, accuracy, size or mobility. Mallett has better raw skills but much less experience, having made the first two starts of his career last year prior to suffering a season-ending torn pectoral. Whoever wins the job will have a nice collection of skill players to work with, highlighted by DeAndre Hopkins, Cecil Shorts, third-round pick Jaelen Strong and running back Arian Foster.
Hoyer will open the year as Cleveland's starter, but he's unlikely to hold off 22nd overall pick Johnny Manziel for more than a few weeks. Returning from an October ACL tear and throwing to a WR rotation that will be without Josh Gordon, Hoyer will likely struggle when he sees the field, at which point the stage will be set for Manziel. Hoyer was somewhat effective with Gordon on the field last year, though, throwing five touchdowns compared to three interceptions.
With the jury still out on Brandon Weeden, the signing of Hoyer by the Browns sparked a bit of conversation at the time of the announcement. He received his first career start last season, though his play in his two games of action failed to change the perception he's going to be anything more than a reserve. He completed 30-of-53 passes for 330 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. The support behind Weeden has grown since Hoyer arrived in Cleveland and he'll battle Jason Campbell for the backup duties this season.
Hoyer, who is ticketed for free agency after this season, has developed into a trusted backup for the Patriots, but if another team suffers an injury at QB, then the Patriots could consider dangling Hoyer, if they feel that Ryan Mallett is ready to assume the No. 2 QB job. That's something that the team is presumably still evaluating, however.
Though the Patriots drafted fellow QB Ryan Mallett this past April, he's viewed as more of a developmental project than an immediate threat to Hoyer's gig as Tom Brady's top backup. In any case, Hoyer remains next in line for snaps in the event of an injury to Brady.
As an undrafted free agent, the odds were stacked against Hoyer last year, but he'll head into the 2010 season as Tom Brady's top backup once again unless the Patriots make a move to add some veteran QB depth.
Like most undrafted QBs he's a bit of a project, but he enters a Patriots' system where he has a chance to be methodically coached up. If he sticks as a rookie though, he'd either have to beat out Matt Gutierrez or settle for a spot on the practice squad.
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Remains in backup mix
QBNew England Patriots
June 25, 2019
Hoyer is one of three quarterbacks CSN New England's Phil Perry expects to make the Patriots' 53-man roster.
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Logs five completions Thursday
QBNew England Patriots
August 17, 2018
Hoyer completed five of 13 passes for 32 yards and a TD in Thursday's 37-20 preseason win over the Eagles.
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Plays into fourth quarter
QBNew England Patriots
August 9, 2018
Hoyer completed 16 of 23 passes for 144 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against Washington.
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Logs 1,287 passing yards in 2017
QBNew England Patriots
January 12, 2018
Hoyer completed 123 of 211 passing attempts for 1,287 passing yards to go along with four TDs and four picks during the 2017 regular season.
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Signs on as Brady backup
QBNew England Patriots
November 1, 2017
Hoyer signed a three-year contract with the Patriots on Wednesday, Mike Reiss of reports.
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