|Team:||New England Patriots|
|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 215 lb.|
|Born:||October 13, 1985|
|Drafted:||2009 / UDFA|
The Patriots have signed Cam Newton to compete with Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham for the starting quarterback job, ESPN.com'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hoyer is one of three quarterbacks CSN New England's Phil Perry expects to make the Patriots' 53-man roster.
Analysis: The only real question here is whether the Patriots elect to carry one or two quarterbacks behind starter Tom Brady. Given that Jarrett Stidham was a fourth-round draft pick this past April, he looks like a roster lock. Meanwhile, Hoyer, who is under contract through the 2019 season, provides the team with an experienced backup option who knows the Patriots' schemes well and can mentor the rookie. The veteran signal-caller, who turns 34 in October, logged just two regular-season passing attempts in 2018, but Hoyer did start six games for the 49ers in 2017.
Hoyer completed 5-of-13 passes for 32 yards and a TD in Thursday's 37-20 preseason win over the Eagles.
Analysis: To date, seventh-round rookie Danny Etling hasn't made much of a push to supplant Hoyer as the Patriots' No. 2 QB. With Tom Brady entrenched as the team's starter, Hoyer is only worth rostering in formats with deep enough benches to secure insurance for key starters. In the event that Brady suffers an injury, Hoyer is capable enough to produce decent fantasy numbers while helming the New England offense, but his upside on that front obviously can't match Brady's.
Hoyer completed 16 of 23 passes for 144 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against Washington.
Analysis: Hoyer got the start and stayed in the game until midway through the fourth quarter, eventually engineering a pair of touchdown drives against Washington's scrubs. While one bad outing won't cost Hoyer the No. 2 quarterback job, he could face pressure from seventh-round rookie Danny Etling if the next few weeks don't look better.
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