Brian Hoyer
Brian Hoyer
34-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
New England Patriots
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Now on his third tour of duty with the Patriots, Hoyer rejoins the team in Year 1 of the post-Tom Brady era. Heading into late June, the 34-year-old was, at least in theory, in the mix to compete for the starting QB job with second-year pro Jarrett Stidham. However, the team's addition of 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton means that Hoyer could be the odd man out if the Patriots decide to roster just two signal callers. Since originally signing with New England back in 2009 as an undrafted free agent, Hoyer has managed to stay in the league by emerging as a capable backup, with enough savvy to manage an offense when occasionally thrust into the starter's role. In any case, Hoyer's previous experience with the franchise is plus, especially considering the unprecedented nature of the 2020 offseason. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Patriots in March of 2020.
Joined by Newton in Foxborough
QBNew England Patriots
June 29, 2020
The Patriots have signed Cam Newton to compete with Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham for the starting quarterback job, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hoyer would've been the underdog in a 1v1 competition with Stidham and now looks like an extreme longshot to get the Week 1 start. In fact, the 34-year-old may not even have a spot on the 53-man roster, considering he's scheduled to make only $1.05 million in 2020. Ryan Hannable of WEEI reported three months ago that Hoyer was told he'd get a chance to compete for the starting job, but it's now fair to wonder if he'll actually receive a significant number of reps with the first-team offense to make his case.
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How do Brian Hoyer's 2019 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • Avg Receiver YAC
    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.
Bad Pass %
27.7%
 
Avg Target Depth
9.3 Yds
 
Sack Rate
7.1%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
4.7 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
12.3%
 
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How do Brian Hoyer's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
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Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
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
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Brian Hoyer
2020 Training Camp Preview: New England Patriots
17 days ago
The Patriots' already notable offseason was capped by the signing of QB Cam Newton and news that six players plan to opt out of the 2020 campaign due to COVID-19 concerns.
ADP Analysis: Superman Sticks His Landing
44 days ago
Jerry Donabedian breaks down the ADP fallout from Cam Newton signing with the Patriots.
2020 NFL Team Previews: New England Patriots
87 days ago
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QB Tiers and Rankings (Top 40 Post-Draft)
100 days ago
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NFL Draft: Day 3 Fantasy Fallout
112 days ago
Carson Wentz was robbed of his downfield weapons in 2019, but he's looking much better for 2020 after the Eagles added a trio of speedy wideouts during Day 3 of the NFL Draft.
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With franchise QB Tom Brady both durable and aging gracefully, the Patriots elected to turn to fourth-round draft pick Jarrett Stidham, rather than Hoyer, as the team's top backup.
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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Likely to back up Stidham
QBNew England Patriots
March 23, 2020
Jeff Howe of The Athletic believes that Jarrett Stidham "has the inside track" over Hoyer in terms of taking over the Patriots' vacated starting QB job.
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Third stint with Patriots
QBNew England Patriots
March 22, 2020
Hoyer and New England agreed to terms on a one-year contract Sunday, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.
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Let go by Colts
QBFree Agent
March 21, 2020
Hoyer was released by the Colts on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Starts one game in 2019
QBIndianapolis Colts
January 23, 2020
Hoyer completed passes in two games during the 2019 season, connecting on 35 of 65 attempts for 372 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.
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Returning to backup role
QBIndianapolis Colts
November 14, 2019
Coach Frank Reich said after Wednesday's practice that Hoyer would return to the backup role behind Jacoby Brissett (knee) in the Colts' Week 11 game against the Jaguars, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports. "I'm assuming [Brissett is] going to be good and barring any setback the rest of the week, he'll be the starter," Reich said.
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