Brian Hoyer

Brian Hoyer

Quarterback #2
Team: New England Patriots
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 215 lb.
College:Michigan State
Born:October 13, 1985
Drafted:2009 / UDFA

Brian Hoyer: Closes season as No. 3 QB

Hoyer finished the 2020 season with 15 completions on 24 passing attempts for 130 yards and an interception in one appearance.

Analysis: Hoyer did log a start in Week 4, when Cam Newton landed on the reserve/COVID list, but aside from that he served as the team's No. 3 QB for the bulk of the campaign, while Jarrett Stidham settled in as the team's top backup. Like Newton, Hoyer is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and it's uncertain whether team will try to re-sign either veteran signal caller.

January 5, 2021 8:38 AM EST

Brian Hoyer: Inactive Sunday

Hoyer is inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Analysis: As a result, Jarrett Stidham will back up Cam Newton, who is returning to action Sunday following a one-game absence.

October 18, 2020 8:51 AM EST

Brian Hoyer: Newton returns to QB mix

Hoyer's teammate, Cam Newton, was removed from the Patriots' reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Analysis: Hoyer wasn't expected to start Sunday's game against the Broncos anyway, with Jarrett Stidham likely to have drawn the assignment if Newton wasn't cleared for Week 6 action. Now it remains to be seen if Hoyer suits up this weekend as a backup, or is made a healthy inactive by the Patriots.

October 14, 2020 2:56 PM EST

Brian Hoyer: Unlikely to start Week 5

The Patriots are expected to go with Jarrett Stidham rather than Hoyer as their starting quarterback for Monday's game against the Broncos in the event Cam Newton isn't cleared to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list in advance of the Week 5 contest, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

Analysis: According to Michael Giardi and Judy Battista of NFL Network, Newton has reportedly been asymptomatic since testing positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 3 and could be cleared to practice Saturday, but he'll first need to submit two negative test results separated by at least 24 hours. If Newton isn't able to clear all COVID-19-related protocols in advance of Monday's game, the Patriots are seemingly prepared to break in their third starting quarterback of the season in Stidham, who relieved a struggling Hoyer in New England's Week 4 loss to the Chiefs. Hoyer completed 15 of 24 attempts for 130 yards, no touchdowns and an interception while taking two sacks and losing a fumble before he was pulled from the contest late in the third quarter of the Patriots' 26-10 loss.

October 9, 2020 12:45 PM EST

Brian Hoyer: Lackluster showing in loss

Hoyer completed 15 of 24 passes for 130 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the Patriots' 26-10 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night. He also gained eight yards on his sole rush and lost a fumble before being replaced by Jarrett Stidham with 8:48 remaining.

Analysis: The veteran quarterback drew the start for Cam Newton (illness), but even Hoyer's extensive experience in coordinator Josh McDaniels' offense couldn't help him to a competent performance against an aggressive KC defense. Miscues ultimately proved his undoing, as Hoyer fumbled at the Chiefs' eight-yard line to short-circuit New England's best drive of the night in the latter portion of the third quarter, and he then saw Tyrann Mathieu take back a deflected ball for a pick-six to seal the win for Kansas City with 8:48 remaining. Stidham mopped up after that point, and although the second-year signal-caller was guilty of an interception in his own right, he may be in line for a Week 5 start against the Broncos over Hoyer if Newton is still sidelined for that contest.

October 5, 2020 7:06 PM EST

Brian Hoyer: In line to start Monday night game

Hoyer and the Patriots are now in line to play the Chiefs on Monday night at 7:05 ET, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relays the Chiefs' latest round of point of care COVID-19 tests came up clear, paving the way for the NFL to proceed with a Monday night rescheduling of the contest, which was originally slated to take place Sunday afternoon. Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, Hoyer is poised to start at QB for the Patriots on Monday in place of starter Cam Newton, who was placed on the reserve/COVID list Saturday. Additionally, Jarrett Stidham in line to be made active by the team for the first time this season.

October 4, 2020 8:20 AM EST

Brian Hoyer: No new positive tests for Patriots

Hoyer, and the rest of the Patriots other than Cam Newton, all tested negative Saturday night, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Analysis: If the game is played this week, it'll be moved to Monday or Tuesday night, and Hoyer will start in place of Newton. That no other Patriots tested positive yet makes it more likely the game is played rather than postponed until later in the season.

October 4, 2020 1:52 AM EST

Brian Hoyer: Expected to start

Hoyer will start Week 4 against the Chiefs if the game is merely postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests rather than cancelled, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Cam Newton was among those players whose positive tests caused the game to be postponed. Hoyer is ahead of Jarrett Stidham on the Patriots' depth chart and is expected to get the nod in his place. It remains unclear whether or not the game will indeed go forward during Week 4, however. The league hopes to play the game on Monday or Tuesday, but a similar plan was initially proposed for the Titans/Steelers contest, which eventually got cancelled and will be made up during a future week.

October 3, 2020 10:22 AM EST

Brian Hoyer: Game not occurring when scheduled

Hoyer and the Patriots will not play the Chiefs in their scheduled Sunday matchup and the NFL instead hopes to move the game to Monday or Tuesday after players from both sides tested positive for COVID-19.

Analysis: The change comes after it was reported earlier Saturday that Cam Newton had tested positive for COVID-19 while Chiefs practice-squad quarterback, Jordan Ta'amu, also tested positive. It's unclear as of yet who will step in during Newton's absence, but Hoyer has been the only active backup through the first three weeks with Jarrett acting as a healthy scratch. Stidham was perceived to be the favorite to start prior to the Newton offseason signing, so it's difficult to say for certain how the Patriots might operate their QB depth chart following the latest news.

October 3, 2020 9:09 AM EST

Brian Hoyer: Backs up Newton in opener

Hoyer served as the Patriots' top backup during Sunday's divisional win over the Dolphins, Zack Cox of reports.

Analysis: Hoyer appears to have emerged ahead of Jarrett Stidham in New England's backup competition, though Cam Newton's grip on the starting job looks ironclad after an impressive Week 1 performance. Newton hasn't suited up for a full 16-game season since 2017, so his durability does remain something of a question mark, but Hoyer's only path to seeing game-action in 2020 would likely be for the 31-year-old to miss time.

September 14, 2020 10:37 AM EST

Brian Hoyer: Getting first-team reps

Hoyer, Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham have taken an even split of QB reps through the first two days of padded practices, Ryan Hannable of reports.

Analysis: Hoyer was promised an opportunity to compete for the starting job when he signed with the Patriots in March, but most of the recent analysis has focused on Newton, and, to a lesser extent, Stidham. Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal notes that Hoyer was the top performer at Tuesday's practice, likely benefitting from his prior experience working with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. That said, Newton is making progress and remains the favorite to get the Week 1 start.

August 18, 2020 8:56 AM EST

Brian Hoyer: Joined by Newton in Foxborough

The Patriots have signed Cam Newton to compete with Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham for the starting quarterback job,'s Mike Reiss reports.

Analysis: Hoyer would've been the underdog in a 1v1 competition with Stidham and now looks like an extreme long shot 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. WEEI's Ryan Hannable 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.

June 29, 2020 7:36 AM EST

Brian Hoyer: Likely to back up Stidham

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.

Analysis: Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots are slated to pay Hoyer $1.05 million, with the veteran signal caller in line for a guaranteed $2 million, factoring in what he'll get from the Colts, who recently released him. Hoyer thus represents a cap-friendly addition to New England's QB room, and one whose previous experience with the team is an obvious advantage. It's still possible that further depth is added at the position, but at the very least Hoyer currently represents an experienced alternate starting option should Stidham struggle on the field or suffer any injuries down the road.

March 23, 2020 9:13 AM EST

Brian Hoyer: Third stint with Patriots

Hoyer and New England agreed to terms on a contract Sunday, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.

Analysis: Hoyer will head back to New England after spending two stints in 2010-11 and 2017-18, respectively. In four appearances for the Colts last season, the veteran completed 35 of 65 passes for 372 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. This is a great opportunity for the 34-year-old as the Patriots only have the inexperienced Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler currently on the roster.

March 22, 2020 12:27 PM EST

Brian Hoyer: Let go by Colts

Hoyer was released by the Colts on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Colts' decision to add Philip Rivers ultimately made Hoyer expendable. The release sure couldn't come at a better time for the long-time veteran, particularly considering the Patriots, who Hoyer spent five seasons with over two separate stints, only have the inexperienced Jarrett Stidham and the disappointing Cody Kessler currently on the roster.

March 21, 2020 12:41 PM EST

Brian Hoyer: Starts one game in 2019

Hoyer completed passes in two games during the 2019 season, completing 35-of-65 passes for 372 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.

Analysis: Hoyer technically appeared in four games, but in two of those contests he was only asked to take a knee. All of the journeyman's extensive action came in Weeks 9 and 10 when starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett went down with a knee injury. Hoyer is under contract for the 2020 season and should return as the Colts backup signal caller.

January 23, 2020 6:07 PM EST

Brian Hoyer: Returning to backup role

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.

Analysis: Brissett missed the Colts' Week 10 loss to the Dolphins with a sprained MCL, an injury he sustained the week prior in Indianapolis' loss in Pittsburgh. As a result, Hoyer was pressed into action for his first start since 2019 and struggled mightily against one of the NFL's worst pass defenses, completing only 18 of 39 attempts for 204 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Brissett's ability to practice without any restrictions Wednesday was enough for the Colts to sign off on him playing this weekend, and Reich apparently has no plans on re-evaluating the No. 2 spot on the depth chart in the wake of Hoyer's poor outing. Chad Kelly was elevated from the practice squad to serve as the backup in Week 10, but he'll presumably be released or stick on the 53-man roster as the No. 3 option moving forward.

November 14, 2019 8:20 AM EST

Brian Hoyer: Signs as Brissett's backup

Hoyer is signing a three-year, $12 million contract with the Colts, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

Analysis: Released by New England on Saturday, the 33-year-old quarterback rebounded quickly with a contract that includes $9 million guaranteed. The Patriots will ride with rookie fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham as the backup to Tom Brady, while the Colts now have Hoyer for veteran depth behind Jacoby Brissett. The new locale gives Hoyer a small shot at playing time without an injury in front of him, as it isn't entirely clear Brissett will be a capable starter.

September 2, 2019 6:46 AM EST

Brian Hoyer: Top backup available

Hoyer was released by the Patriots on Saturday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

Analysis: Jarrett Stidham's emergence during the preseason made Hoyer expendable, and as a result the veteran immediately becomes one of the top backups available on the open market. Considering the position and Hoyer's experience as a starter, it'd be surprising if the 33-year-old isn't on another roster prior to Week 1.

August 31, 2019 11:07 AM EST

Brian Hoyer: Redeems pick, leads TD drive

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.

Analysis: 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 committed 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 establishing an 81.9 percent completion rate, with two touchdowns to one interception, and aims to continue the solid streak of play when New England faces Carolina on Thursday.

August 17, 2019 8:03 PM EST

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