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QB Brian Hoyer - Cleveland Browns

6-2, 215Born: 10-13-1985College: Michigan StateDrafted: ---

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Summary

Brian Hoyer impressed in very limited action last season. His two full games were outstanding, as he threw for 590 yards and five touchdowns in those games before tearing his ACL early in his third start. Hoyer, however, is left over from a previous management regime - the same regime that drafted Johnny Manziel in the first round. If Hoyer gets the job, Cleveland will have a quarterback whose dynamic playmaking ability is limited to go along with a lack of dynamic players due to Josh Gordon's suspension. He doesn't appear to be Cleveland's best option unless Manziel struggles mightily to adjust to the NFL and grasp the offensive system. (May 14)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 34, 23, 28, 28, 29, 29, 31, 32, 32, 33, 33, 33, 34, 35, 35, 35, 35, 35
QB Dynasty - 39, 33, 37, 38

Stats and Projections

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2011 NE 3 1 1 22 0 0 4 -3 0
2012 ARI 2 30 53 330 1 2 1 6 0
2013 CLE 3 57 96 615 5 3 6 16 0
2014 PROJ-Dodds 14 167 270 * * * 18 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 7 70 120 * * * 6 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 5 120 200 * * * 10 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 4 93 153 * * * 8 * * *

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Latest News

Browns | Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer not the answer? (Tue Jul 29, 06:37 PM) - Cleveland Browns QBs Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer may not be the team's answer at quarterback, according to NFL Media's Charley Casserly. Casserly said the Browns' answer at the position is more likely to be found in one of its two first-round picks next season.

Our View: Browns fans, take solace in what your former coach (and current Patriots head coach) Bill Belichick had to say about Casserly back in 2010. “Who’s been wrong more than Charley Casserly since he left the Redskins? His percentage is like a meteorologist,” Belichick said.
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Browns | No contract talks with Brian Hoyer (Tue Jul 29, 01:18 PM) - The Cleveland Browns have not had any contract talks with QB Brian Hoyer after the two sides exchanged proposals earlier in the offseason. There are no talks planned.

Our View: Contract negotiations will be difficult for both sides. Hoyer could take a backup-level contract now, but he could also get a larger payday if he holds off and keeps rookie Johnny Manziel on the bench this year. He's a talented veteran quarterback, but Hoyer has a small sample size as a starter. He's got to stay healthy and impress this year.
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Browns | Brian Hoyer faring better than Johnny Manziel (Tue Jul 29, 12:18 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) is outperforming rookie QB Johnny Manziel so far in camp, and the starting quarterback job has been Hoyer's job to lose, as observed by Jason La Canfora. Hoyer looks crisper with his mental speed, including actions in the huddle, at the line and during plays. Hoyer is not gun-shy as his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament continues 'to wow the Browns,' according to La Canfora. Manziel also has acted somewhat guarded around his new teammates.

Our View: We're not surprised by this news. Hoyer has the experience edge, and he looked good as a starter for a brief time next year. Manziel is more athletic than Hoyer, but he's not as polished. We're expecting Hoyer to win the starting job to begin the season, but if he struggles the team could choose to go with the rookie.
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Browns | Brian Hoyer to wear brace (Sat Jul 26, 11:51 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) said he will wear a brace on his surgically repaired knee during the entire season. He said he does not believe it will affect his play much.

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Browns | Brian Hoyer to wear brace (Sat Jul 26, 11:51 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) said he will wear a brace on his surgically repaired knee during the entire season. He said he does not believe it will affect his play much.

Our View: No surprise here. Hoyer worked well as the team's starter last year, but he missed most of the season with a knee injury. Wearing a brace to protect his knee is just the best move for Hoyer and the team.
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