QB Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns
HT: 6-2, WT: 215, Born: 10-13-1985, College: Michigan State, Drafted: ---
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Game SummariesWeek 3 at MIN - Brian Hoyer played excellently against the Vikings, recording the Browns' first three-touchdown game since Brady Quinn did so on December 6, 2009. Hoyer looked in command from the get go, and consistently gave the Browns a chance to win. When one solely analyzes Hoyer's touchdowns drives, he looks like a Pro Bowl quarterback. Hoyer underthrew his first touchdown pass by two yards, but Josh Gordon leaned back and corralled the ball for Hoyer's first Browns touchdown. On the next drive, Hoyer delivered the ball to Jordan Cameron in the back of the end zone for six points. Hoyer beautifully arched the ball past the safety and into a place where only the 6'5 Cameron could catch the ball. However, in between his second and third touchdowns Hoyer did throw three interceptions. The first of which was a huge mistake, as Harrison Smith jumped in front of a hitch/curl route. Hoyer's obliviousness to lurking defenders continued in the next drive when linebacker Chad Greenway stepped in front of Jordan Cameron for Hoyer's second interception. One can attribute the third interception to play calling and pass blocking, as the Vikings tipped and intercepted Brian Hoyer's intermediate pass attempt. The Browns dropped back to pass on 2nd and 27 deep in their own territory, limiting Hoyer to the pocket as his line collapsed back onto him. However, Hoyer rebounded late in the game, leading the Browns on an 11- play, 55-yard drive to seal the victory. Hoyer nailed Cameron on a back shoulder floater that Cameron jumped up and seized. Overall, Hoyer's ball placement was solid, though he tended to throw behind his receivers. Hoyer did benefit from the absence of Vikings cornerback Chris Cook, as Josh Gordon smoked backup cornerback AJ Jefferson multiple times. Hoyer executed his favorite back shoulder throws to near perfection. Hoyer also displayed a beautiful display of urgency, throwing the ball away multiple times when under pressure as well as staying away from any delay of game penalties. The Vikings had no answer for Hoyer and Davone Bess on third down. Hoyer completed numerous passes on the boundary to Bess, showing good across the field accuracy to prevent the ball form sailing out of bounds. Overall, Hoyer looked fundamentally strong and flashed signs of brilliance. He did have some communication problems and made a few poor decisions, but he provided quarterback play that the Browns have not seen in a while.
Week 4 vs CIN - Brian Hoyer played very quickly against the Bengals, hitting his primary read with confidence and executing screens with extreme quickness to give receivers the most amount of time to make plays. Hoyer sold his fakes very well, and his transitions on handoffs and screens were precise and smooth. Hoyer's first touchdown throw was a back shoulder throw to Jordan Cameron, an indefensible throw. Hoyer delivered the ball to where only Jordan Cameron can catch it, a skill that Hoyer probably learned from Tom Brady in New England. Hoyer showed his back-shoulder skills on incompletions as well, specifically when he delivered a back shoulder pass to Davone Bess that was out of bounds. Speaking of accuracy, Hoyer showed average-below average accuracy on throws, most notably on deeper throws. Often times, the Browns' receivers bail out Hoyer on deeper throws with their insane athleticism. Hoyer knows where to go with the ball and where to place it, but the accuracy just is not quite there yet. When it comes to pressure, Hoyer avoided sacks nicely, specifically in the second quarter when he side armed a screen pass to Jordan Cameron in the face of pressure. While Hoyer excels at getting rid of the ball under pressure, he often throws flat-footed in the pocket. This can disrupt the natural throwing motion and leads to passes becoming inaccurate. If not for Josh Gordon's freakish athleticism, Hoyer's 32-yard completion to Gordon would have been a clear interception on an underthrown ball. Overall, Hoyer's pass protection was decent, and compared to Week 1 the Browns offensive line played like Pro Bowlers. Hoyer's clock management skills were poor in the first half, as he failed to get the play called after Gordon's 32-yard catch, burning a timeout. In another instance, Hoyer threw three short passes in the middle of the field on the Browns final drive of the first half. With 80 yards to go and 1:38 on the clock, those three throws gained sixteen yards, burned 43 seconds, and cost a timeout. Nevertheless, when it mattered most, Brian Hoyer came through and delivered a 12 play, 91-yard drive that culminated in a touchdown pass to Chris Ogbonnaya. For the second straight week, Brian Hoyer has led the Browns on a definitive drive late in the game to seal the victory. As long as that continues, the other pitfalls in his game will be continued to be glanced over.
Week 5 vs BUF - Brian Hoyer looked decent in his short time on the field. After lacking accuracy on his first two passes, Hoyer came back on the Browns second drive and hit Davone Bess for two consecutive first downs. Hoyer looked poised to lead the Browns on their first scoring drive of the night. However, fate had its way with Brian Hoyer on Thursday night. Brian Hoyer tore his ACL on Thursday after taking a hit from Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso while sliding after a short scramble. Alonso led with his helmet and struck Hoyer's head while Hoyer was almost down. However, Hoyer was considered at that point to be a runner, not a quarterback, making the hit completely legal. The helmet-to-helmet contact did not play a role in the injury, but one could come to the conclusion that Alonso initiated the tackle after Hoyer had already given himself up. Hoyer's left leg buckled under him with the force of Alonso on top of him, and he writhed in pain on the sideline directly after the play. Fortunately, Hoyer tore his ACL without causing damage to his meniscus, MCL or PCL. This in theory could lead to a quicker heal time for Hoyer, who was given estimated return date of 9-12 months. Coach Rob Chudzinski had this to say about Hoyer after Thursday's win: "He's been a big part of what we've done the last couple of weeks. I think it was a little bit of a shock for the guys at first."