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QB Brian Hoyer - Cleveland Browns

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

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Week 16: at Carolina Panthers

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Johnny Manziel doesn't look NFL ready, friends. He was horrid in his first NFL start - Manziel had a mere 10/18 for 54 net yards passing last week, with zero TDs and two interceptions thrown and three sacks taken for -26 yards. Even Josh Gordon (four targets for 3/48/0) couldn't make this raw rookie look good in Week 15. Carolina will utilize the same strategy as Cincinnati to contain the Browns - pack the box with defenders and put pressure on the passer with blitzes. Manziel hasn't shown he can handle NFL-level defensive backs yet, and his reads were god awful during Week 15. Stay far away from this mess if you can. Advantage, Carolina.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 at ATL 23 40 322 0 3 3 12 0 0
13 at BUF 18 30 192 0 2 0 0 0 0
14 vs IND 14 31 140 0 2 2 3 0 0
16 at CAR 7 13 134 1 1 2 19 0 0
16 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay 0 0 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs BUF (18 / 30 / 192 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Brian Hoyer played out of his mind for the first few games of the season, posting great numbers while creating a Tebow-esque "He just wins" narrative. However, eventually every player regresses back to their true talent level, and such was the case with Brian Hoyer. The Browns had been winning despite Brian Hoyer for the entire season, whether Browns fans want to admit it or not. On Sunday against the Bills, Hoyer showed how he a bottom-five quarterback in the NFL. In general, Hoyer was inaccurate. Even on his completions, he put the ball in sub-optimal places for his receivers. For instance, Hoyer threw the ball behind a streaking Miles Austin on a wheel route in the first quarter, which, if placed correctly in stride, is easily a touchdown. As the game progressed, facing a stout defense and having little success, Hoyer began to force throws into double coverage. Hoyer has two near interceptions in such instances, both dropped by Bills defenders. On both of Brian Hoyer'S interceptions, he made only one read and "locked on" to his receiver, which made the interceptions easy. Furthermore, Brian Hoyer was unable to convert on third down, consistently throwing passes too short for conversion or unable to find receivers downfield. After the game, Brian Hoyer was "shocked" that he was replaced. He will supposedly go into this week with a starterís mentality.

2014 Week 14 vs IND (14 / 31 / 140 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)

With his position as starting quarterback in peril, Brian Hoyer did very little to prove his detractors wrong on Sunday against the Colts. In his press conference Monday afternoon, Mike Pettine was uncommitted to either quarterback as to who would start next week. However, one gets the feeling that he is leaning towards Manziel heading into the upcoming week of practice. This does not come as a surprise as Brian Hoyer put forth a bottom five performance for the fourth straight week. Throughout Sunday's contest, Hoyer was consistently inaccurate, ending a multitude of drives due to his inability to convert receivers. In the second quarter, Brian Hoyer overthrew Taylor Gabriel by a solid 10 yards on a deep pass over the middle. Hoyer blamed the throw on the "wind", which seems like a hollow bailout, given that the wind was not even very strong and the ball was incredibly overthrown. Furthermore, Hoyer was not able to get the ball to receivers when they were open on multiple occasions, often resorting to taking a sack or a low percentage throw. It seems as if Hoyer has lost confidence in his ability to be an effective NFL quarterback. However, this has not stopped him from shifting the blame to his teammates and outside causes for his failures. Outside of the Gabriel pass being affected by the "wind", Hoyer has put the blame on Jordan Cameron for his end zone interception against the Colts (which is understandable, but you have to support your people) and blame on Josh Gordon for being suspended. Brian Hoyer still thinks he is a good NFL quarterback, however, with continued inaccuracy and inability to lead touchdown drives, his days are numbered as a Cleveland Brown.


Latest News

Browns | Brian Hoyer unlikely to return (Tue Dec 9, 06:00 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer is unlikely to return to the team next year after being benched for QB Johnny Manziel heading into Week 15. Hoyer is expected to become a free agent, and 'there will be a market for him, as there was this offseason for several quarterbacks that seemed to be similar to how he was.'

Our View: A market for a journeyman quarterback? It's no surprise that he would move on from Cleveland, but we just can't imagine the market being white hot for Hoyer's services.
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