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QB Brian Hoyer - Free Agent

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

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WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
17 vs JAX 76 25 40 249 1 1 0 0 0 0 14.45
18 vs KC 63 15 34 136 0 4 1 -1 0 1 0.7

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 18 vs KC (15 / 34 / 136 / 0 / 4 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

There is not much anyone can say but it was easily the worst playoff performance by a quarterback in recent history. Completing on 15 passes, Hoyer worked underneath to DeAndre Hopkins early in the game to get the Texans going. Hoyer's first two passes were an indicator of how his day would start, then everyone should have paid attention. His first throw to Nate Washington was a slant route that was open and said over his head and the third down throw of that drive to Cecil Shorts was to him breaking out of the slot that was too wide and out of reach for Shorts. It was two passes that he has made before during the regular season and wasn't even close to open the game. His first interception was due to Nate Washington not finishing his route and letting Eric Berry cut in front of him. As for the other three interceptions, Hoyer made poor choices just throwing the ball up for grabs. Hoyer had a fumble he lost while driving when Chris Clark was pushed into Hoyer's back and he fumbled to add another mark to a horrid day. Where the Texans go from here at the quarterback situation is going to be interesting but Hoyer proved that the playoff stage was too gig for him.

2015 Week 17 vs JAX (25 / 40 / 249 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

It was Brian Hoyer's first game since sitting out the past two games recovering from a concussion. Hoyer was feeling pressure that was not there early in the game but he settled in and did work underneath all day. He attempted only one pass over 20 yards but it was an uncatchable ball intended for DeAndre Hopkins that carried him out of bounds. Hoyer threw a much better football that allowed he receivers get some catch and runs in and Jaelen Strong was a firm example of this. Hoyer had simple throws under five yards that turned into solid gains due to his skill players making defenders miss. Hoyer did have an interception on a high pass to Hopkins that he reached up and tipped that fell into a Jaguars defenders hands. His longest throw of the day came on a crossing route he hit Hopkins on for 20 yards on a play action pass. Hoyer looked solid and threw some big passes when needed and helped the Texans reach the AFC South title.

2015 Week 14 vs NE (11 / 22 / 155 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

For Brian Hoyer to come out alive of this game is near amazing. The Patriots sacked him seven times and Hoyer ended up with a concussion and strained neck putting his weekend into doubt for the Colts. With that said Hoyer's evening was plagued with drops from his receivers and some poorly thrown balls that were needed in clutch situations. He under threw a deep ball to Washington that if thrown on time could have been an easy touchdown. He also forced some throws to the sideline to Hopkins and Washington that ended up uncatchable. On a key third down play, Hoyer had Griffin wide open and threw the ball behind him resulting in one of many punts for the Texans. Hoyer struggled all game getting in sync with his receivers and ended up being one of his worst production games of the season.

2015 Week 13 vs BUF (26 / 43 / 293 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 15 / 0 rush)

Overall on the stat page if was a solid day for Brian Hoyer. There were some inaccurate throws and close to 4-5 drops on the day from his receivers. Hoyer had key scoring drives and targeted the middle of the field to Nate Washington, Cecil Shorts and Ryan Griffin to start the day off. Hoyer hit Ryan Griffin with an 8 yard touchdown pass to close out the first quarter. Shorts was a key target for Hoyer bitting him for 11, 23, 17, 15 and 14 yards out of the slot. Hoyer tried to push the ball down field to Washington but could not complete the deep balls on two tries. Hoyer's biggest drive when he targeted DeAndre Hopkins and capped it off with a 19 yard touchdown pass to him in the end zone. Hoyer continues to throw the ball to Hopkins in one-on-one situations and had two throws of 23 and 29 yards on a drive. After that Hoyer could not find Hopkins consistently. Hoyer had a late interception throwing a hail mary attempt to end the game.

2015 Week 12 vs NO (21 / 27 / 205 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)

Talk about an impressive start to the game, Hoyer was 10 of 10 at one point to start the game until his panic interception of the game. Hoyer had plenty of time to throw all game and the one interception on the game he was lost and threw to where he thought Cecil Shorts III was headed but right into the hands of a Saints defender. It was his worst throw of the day and put the Saints back into the game but other than that Hoyer was solid. He linked up with Ryan Griffin early for a 14 yard gain on a bootleg pass then turned a broken play into a 10-yard touchdown pass to Griffin on the opening drive of the game. Hoyer had big chunk plays, a 21 and 37-yard gains to Griffin attacking the middle of the field and a 32-yard deep crosser to Nate Washington to set up a touchdown run, DeAndre Hopkins was targeted plenty by Hoyer and tried to get him into the end zone but there were minimal gains of 7 and 8 yards with key first down throws in the middle of the field and the longest completion came with a 12 yard reception. To cap off his day, Hoyer got a gift touchdown pass by flipping the ball forward to Cecil Shorts III on a jet sweep for a 3 yard touchdown pass that took a review to confirm.

2015 Week 10 vs CIN (12 / 22 / 123 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)

It was a slow day at the office for Brian Hoyer who had his evening finished in the concussion protocol. Hoyer could never really get going through the air and three drops during the game did not help Hoyer's numbers. He did have two big gains on the evening, a 19 yard gain to Nate Washington on a nice play action off a screen pass and a bootleg when he hit tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz for a 25 yard catch and run. He had trouble linking up with DeAndre Hopkins and their longest reception was only 13 yards. Hoyer's only interception on the evening came on a hail mary pass to end the first half. It was an uneventful game for Hoyer and it was his lowest output of the season through the air.

2015 Week 8 vs TEN (23 / 35 / 235 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

It was a conservative but another productive day for Brian Hoyer at quarterback. Hoyer dink and dunked all after noon and hit his running backs all afternoon for short gains. He looked for Alfre Blue and Chris Polk out of the back field for consistent chunks of 5 to 6 yards. When Hoyer pushed the ball downfield he had success. He took advantage of the space DeAndre Hopkins and Nate Washington had against the Titans secondary. He hit Hopkins for gains of 12, 13 and a 21 yard one on one ball in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. As for Washington, he hit him with gains of 11, 15 and and the game clinching 42 yard touchdown. On the touchdown, Hoyer threw to the end zone and let Washington run under neath it in stride to beat the defender. Hoyer was methodical but took calculated chances that paid off for the offense.

2015 Week 7 vs MIA (23 / 49 / 273 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

The offensive line did Brian Hoyer no favors for the entire first half and there was one series where he was sacked on three consecutive plays. The Texans started the game with SEVEN consecutive drives with a three and out and one of Hoyer's passes was dropped and picked off for a touchdown. Add in six dropped passes, Hoyer was struggling because of the lack of help form his teammates. Hoyer ending up getting things rolling in garbage time and started to link up with Nate Washington. Hoyer hit Washington for three big plays of 27, 23 and 22 yards with one resulting in a touchdown. Hoyer when given time can pick the under neath routes and move the football but it was a mop up success for Hoyer who tried to make the game respectable for his late touchdown passes to Foster and Washington. Hoyer will remain the starter for the remainder of the season.

2015 Week 6 vs JAX (24 / 36 / 293 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 5 / 0 rush)

Once again the Texans offense looks like it has an identity with Brian Hoyer running the offense. It might be hard to believe, Brian Hoyer is setting career highs in completion percentage and well on his way in the touchdown category. Completing 67% of his passed, Hoyer's biggest difference happen on third down going 8 of 11 for 95 yards and 3 TDS. Hoyer's two favorite targets continue to be Arian Foster and DeAndre Hopkins. Hoyer is able to throw catchable footballs to his receivers and his best ball continues to be the 50/50 passes to Hopkins. He threw some good back shoulder throws to Hopkins but he continues to be underrated on his deep ball placement like he did on Hopkins 26-yard touchdown reception. Hoyer is also doing a much better job of getting the ball into his receivers hands early in order to eat up yards and he put that on display with Cecil Shorts early 31-yard reception and Arian Foster's 1-yard touchdown reception. He was kept clean majority of the game and even showed some ability to create when the play breaks down. Hopkins and Hoyer continue to be on the same page and almost half of his passes were headed Hopkins way on Sunday.

2015 Week 5 vs IND (24 / 31 / 312 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)

It was an impressive day for Brian Hoyer, he looked sharp throwing the football. If there is one thing for sure, DeAndre Hopkins is his go to wide receiver. Hoyer only had seven incompletions all evening and and his day was ruined with his last pass of the game when he panicked in the pocket and just threw up the ball up in the middle of the field for an easy interception. It was a terrible decision that overshadowed how good his day really was. Hoyer got the offense moving in the right direction and it was the best the team looked all season. Hoyer was working the Colts inside the numbers and Hopkins started getting rolling with his crossing routes that ended up easy throws for Hoyer. Hoyer's two touchdown throws went to Jaelen Strong. The first one came on the final play for the 1st half with one second left on the clock throwing it up into the end zone. Strong boxed out the defenders and hauled in the last gasp play heading into half for a 42-yard touchdown. His other touchdown throw to Strong came on a blown coverage by the Colts that left Strong wide open on a corner route that ended up a 11-yard touchdown. Hoyer continues to spread the ball around the field when he is on the field looking for nine different receivers on the day and that helps him keep the defense focusing on one specific player.

2015 Week 4 vs ATL (17 / 30 / 232 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

The game was out of hand and Brian Hoyer came in a played mop up duties for the Texans. With touchdown passes to Cecil Shorts and C.J. Fiedorowicz late in the game, it made the score not look at bad as it could have been. The Falcons brought in their reserves late in the third quarter when Hoyer took over but it is hard to get a real feel if it makes a difference for the offense. Hoyer threw a much more catchable football but with the Falcons playing some coverage, the passes were easy pitch and catches.

2015 Week 1 vs KC (18 / 34 / 236 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

There was only one drive where Brian Hoyer looked effiicent but his day started off on a terrible read. Hoyer was intercepted when he was throwing a quick slant to Deandre Hopkins who was streaking downfield. He did respond in the third drive hitting four different receivers in Keith Mumphery, Nate Washington, Cecil Shorts (twice) and Hopkins for a four yard touchdown. That was the highlight of his day going five of five that drive for 59 yards. That put the Texans in an offensive hole all day and put the offense on it heels all day. Hoyer was erratic with his throws through out the day. Miss high to crossing receivers and missing the back shoulder throw to Hopkins by throwing it the dirt. Hoyer was not helped by his offensive line who played sub par especially in pass protection. Hoyer was harassed all day and had issues stepping up into the pocket to complete passes. Hoyer's rough day ended up getting him benched later in the game but this was more likely due to him botching pre-snap reads in key spots during the game.

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Broncos | No Brian Hoyer for Denver (Fri Apr 29, 07:11 PM) - Free-agent QB Brian Hoyer (Texans) is not a part of the Denver Broncos' immediate plans. The Broncos informed Hoyer Friday, April 29, that they will not be signing him. Denver will stick with three quarterbacks for now because general manager John Elway wants QBs Mark Sanchez, Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian to receive as many repetitions as possible.

Our View: There's no point in bringing Hoyer in. Sanchez or Lynch will start and the other will be the backup while Siemian is the emergency parachute. We think Sanchez starts the year but it's not insane to think Lynch gets the starting gig if he can get up to speed.
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NFL | Brian Hoyer will wait (Wed Apr 27, 07:15 PM) - Free-agent QB Brian Hoyer (Texans) will wait to see what happens with the NFL Draft this week before deciding where to sign, according to a source.

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Jets | NYJ doing due diligence with Brian Hoyer (Fri Apr 22, 01:15 PM) - Free-agent QB Brian Hoyer (Texans) is receiving some interest from the New York Jets, but Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said the team is doing due diligence on Hoyer.

Our View: Hoyer is being used by the Jets to perhaps soften the stance of free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick. Maccagnan also said talks to retain Fitzpatrick may take some time.
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NFL | Brian Hoyer taking his time (Thu Apr 21, 02:07 PM) - Free-agent QB Brian Hoyer (Texans) finished his meeting with the Denver Broncos and took a physical Thursday, April 21, but there is no rush for him to sign with a team.

Our View: He's a back-up so there's no reason to rush at all, at least as far as the Broncos should be concerned. And for Hoyer, he has options, so why rush? Until OTAs really get under way, he has time.
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NFL | Six teams in on Brian Hoyer (Thu Apr 21, 12:07 PM) - Free-agent QB Brian Hoyer (Texans) has interest from six teams, including the Denver Broncos, who he is still meeting with Thursday, April 21.

Our View: He's going to be someone's backup, which is what he is and what he does best. The Broncos will need him to back up Mark Sanchez, the Jets would like him to back up Geno Smith (or leverage Ryan Fitzpatrick to lowering his asking price) and the Cowboys have to stabilize their backup situation.
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