Brian Hoyer

New England Patriots
Quarterback #2
New England Patriots
Quarterback #2

Brian Hoyer News

Headed to IR

The Patriots have placed Hoyer (concussion) on IR, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Now that Hoyer is slated to miss the next four games, the Patriots approach Week 5 action with Mac Jones iffy with an ankle injury, with Bailey Zappe thus in line to start at QB in Jones' place is he's unavailable Sunday versus the Lions. Meanwhile, Garrett Gilbert is a candidate to be elevated from the team's practice squad in advance of the contest.

Oct 6, 2022 1:51 PM EST

Not practicing Thursday

Hoyer (concussion) remained sidelined during Thursday's practice, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: Mac Jones (ankle), who was limited Wednesday, was present for Thursday's practice, but his status for Sunday's game against the Lions has yet to be cemented. Friday's injury report will reveal whether Jones and/or Hoyer will head into the weekend with a chance to play in Week 5, but if neither are available rookie Bailey Zappe would be in line to fill in as the Patriots' starting QB versus Detroit.

Oct 6, 2022 9:57 AM EST

Not practicing Wednesday

Hoyer (concussion) wasn't spotted at practice Wednesday, Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site reports.

Analysis: Fellow QB Mac Jones (ankle) was present for the session, but it's unclear if he'll be available for Sunday's game against the Lions. Meanwhile, Hoyer's status for the contest is also uncertain and if neither of New England's top signal-callers are available this weekend, rookie Bailey Zappe would draw the Week 5 start against Detroit.

Oct 5, 2022 10:03 AM EST

Won't return Sunday

Hoyer (head) won't return to Sunday's game against the Packers.

Analysis: It remains to be seen if Hoyer will be placed in the NFL's concussion protocol, but his status will need to be monitored ahead of next weekend's contest against the Lions. With Mac Jones (ankle) inactive versus Green Bay, Bailey Zappe is slated to remain at QB for the Patriots for rest of the day Sunday.

Oct 2, 2022 2:13 PM EST

Leaves Sunday's game

Hoyer is being evaluated for a head injury during Sunday's game against the Packers.

Analysis: Prior to exiting the game, Hoyer -- who was filling in for Mac Jones (ankle) -- had completed five of six pass attempts for 37 yards. In his absence, Bailey Zappe is in at quarterback for the Patriots.

Oct 2, 2022 1:59 PM EST

Set to start Sunday

With Mac Jones (ankle) ruled out, Hoyer will start Sunday's game against the Packers, Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site reports.

Analysis: Though Jones made progress throughout the week, a reported high ankle sprain will force him to miss at least one game. Hoyer thus represents a Week 4 lineup option for those who roster Jones or are in need of short-term help in two-QB formats. That said, in the absence of their starting signal caller, Lazar anticipates that the Patriots figure to lean on the running back duo of Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson versus Green Bay, a plausible scenario that limits Hoyer's fantasy upside this weekend.

Sep 30, 2022 1:32 PM EST

Could fill in for Jones

With Mac Jones dealing with a high ankle sprain, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Hoyer is a candidate to start the Patriots' Week 4 contest against Green Bay.

Analysis: Though a timetable for Jones' injury recovery hasn't yet been outlined, it appears as though Hoyer is on track to fill in at QB for the team this weekend, at a minimum. If that's the case, the veteran signal-caller will be an option for those who roster Jones or who are in two-QB fantasy formats.

Sep 26, 2022 10:31 AM EST

Staying with Pats

Hoyer is signing a a two-year, $4 million contract to stay with the Patriots, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: The 36-year-old backup QB has played for seven NFL teams, but the Patriots are the only one he's spent more than two seasons with. Despite that, Hoyer has made just one start in a New England uniform, and each of his five appearances last season came off the bench behind Mac Jones, who will be back in 2022 as the team's starting QB. That leaves Hoyer as the favorite for the No. 2 job, though the Patriots could add some competition before camp.

Mar 14, 2022 6:23 AM EST

Returns to active roster

Hoyer was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: Hoyer hit the list Tuesday but has cleared the necessary protocols. He'll be on the sideline for Sunday's tilt against the Jaguars.

Jan 1, 2022 3:24 PM EST

Placed on reserve/COVID-19 list

Hoyer (illness) was put on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: The backup quarterback tested positive for the virus Tuesday and will likely be unavailable for Sunday's contest against the Jaguars. With Hoyer on the shelf, Jarrett Stidham will likely operate as the top reserve option behind starter Mac Jones.

Dec 28, 2021 4:57 PM EST

Promoted to active roster

Hoyer agreed to a deal with the Patriots on Saturday that will promote him to the 53-man roster, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Hoyer will serve as the backup to Mac Jones under center, as Jarrett Stidham (back) remains on the reserve/PUP list. The journeryman last saw action on the field in Week 4 of 2020. He completed 15 of 25 passes for 130 yards, one touchdowna and two interceptions in the contest.

Sep 18, 2021 8:30 AM EST

Elevated from practice squad

Hoyer was elevated from the Patriots' practice squad ahead of Sunday's Week 1 matchup against the Dolphins, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: Since Jarrett Stidham (back) is on the reserve/PUP list to begin the year, Hoyer will join the active roster for the season opener to serve as the primary backup to Mac Jones. The 35-year-old appeared in one game for the Patriots last year and completed 15 of 24 passes for 130 yards and an interception.

Sep 11, 2021 6:05 PM EST

Joins Patriots' practice squad

Hoyer is a member of the Patriots' initial practice squad, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: As expected, the veteran QB -- who was let go during the team's Tuesday cut-downs -- has returned in short order. Once New England's roster shuffling settles down, look for Hoyer to rejoin the team's active roster in order to serve as Mac Jones' top backup heading into Week 1.

Sep 1, 2021 3:36 PM EST

Released, but expected back

The Patriots released Hoyer on Tuesday, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: The move arrives on the same day that the Patriots parted ways with Cam Newton, but the expectation is that Hoyer will be re-signed by the team in the coming days in order to back up starting QB Mac Jones. Per Reiss, Hoyer's release gives New England some roster-setting flexibility in the short term.

Aug 31, 2021 2:57 PM EST

Returns to New England

The Patriots are re-signing Hoyer, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.

Analysis: Hoyer's return suddenly gives New England one of the deepest quarterback rooms in the league, as the veteran likely slots in as the No. 4 option behind all of Cam Newton, Mac Jones and Jarrett Stidham. Last season, Hoyer served as the Patriot's third quarterback and logged a single start. It's unlikely that the team carries more than three signal-callers onto the regular season roster, so Hoyer could compete for Stidham for the final spot.

May 17, 2021 5:39 PM EST

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.

Jan 5, 2021 8:38 AM EST

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.

Oct 18, 2020 8:51 AM EST

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.

Oct 14, 2020 2:56 PM EST

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.

Oct 9, 2020 12:45 PM EST

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.

Oct 5, 2020 7:06 PM EST

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