QB Brian Hoyer - Chicago Bears
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Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 7 vs GB (4 / 11 / 49 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
To say Thursday night didn't go well for Brian Hoyer would be an understatement. The veteran quarterback struggled to find any sort of rhythm in his one-plus quarters of action before taking a hit that left him with a broken left arm. Hoyer is likely to need surgery but could return late in the season, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The injury opens the door for Jay Cutler to return from his injury. With a Monday Night Football matchup with the Minnesota Vikings up next, Cutler will be in there if he's anything close to healthy.
2016 Week 6 vs JAX (30 / 49 / 302 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
The curious case of Brian Hoyer is getting more and more curious by the week. Hoyer has surpassed 300 passing yards in all four of his starts since taking over for Jay Cutler. Not only is Hoyer racking up yardage, he's also not turning over the ball. Hoyer has six touchdowns and zero interceptions (189 passing attempts) in his five games played this season. While Hoyer has done a great job of manning the position, he's had a very difficult time picking up large chunks of yards at a time. In Sunday's loss to Jacksonville, a game in which the Bears led until late in the fourth quarter, Hoyer badly struggled to find his receivers down field. After putting up a monster first half, Alshon Jeffery might as well not have even been on the field in the second half. Hoyer is in an interesting position right now, because he's playing pretty solid football. He's simply not winning games, and wins are important in the NFL, in case you didn't know.
2016 Week 5 vs IND (33 / 43 / 397 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Brian Hoyer is playing some very solid football this season. Starting his third game of the season Sunday against the Colts, Hoyer pitched his third-consecutive 300-yard passing game with no turnovers. The journeyman quarterback completed 33 of 43 passes for 397 yards and two touchdowns. Hoyer has shown enough in the past three games to keep the starting job when the time comes for Jay Cutler to return from his thumb injury. While Hoyer definitely has a ceiling, he's found some things that work within Dowell Loggains' offense -- Jordan Howard, Cameron Meredith, Zach Miller and occasionally Alshon Jeffery. Hoyer is a solid spot-start option in Week 6 against Jacksonville.
2016 Week 4 vs DET (28 / 36 / 302 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Brian Hoyer put forth an exceptional effort in Chicago's 17-14 win over the Detroit Lions. Hoyer, starting his second game under center since joining the Bears in the offseason, completed 28 of 36 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns. Pressure or no pressure, Hoyer made all the throws. With pressure in his face, Hoyer completed 6 of 8 passes for 44 yards and two TDs. This stat is encouraging because of Chicago's inconsistent offensive line play. While the majority of Hoyer's throws were to underneath receivers, he completed 2 of 3 passes for 86 yards on throws of 20-plus yards down the field. As long as Hoyer continues to manage games efficiently, there's no reason to believe he can't put up half-way decent numbers until Jay Cutler returns to the lineup.
2016 Week 3 vs DAL (30 / 49 / 317 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Hoyer started slow with two three and outs, including one where a penalty erased a good gain to Kevin White. A screen to Alshon Jeffery helped set up a field goal, but it took until the second half for Hoyer to break through with short passing to Zach Miller, Jeffery, and Jeremy Langford, before capping a drive with a two-yard score to Miller. A Cameron Meredith fumble short-circuited another Bears possession, and the game was out of hand by the time Hoyer drove the Bears down the field for another score to Miller. Hoyer rung up yards and attempts on garbage time drives, but overall it was the kind of performance that shows why he is a backup in the NFL. His chemistry with Miller and willingness to give White chances to make plays on the ball downfield are encouraging, but Hoyer is not going to make this poor Bears team a winner.
Latest News49ers | Brian Hoyer on San Francisco's radar? (Fri Feb 17, 10:22 PM) - Chicago Bears impending free-agent QB Brian Hoyer could be pursued by the San Francisco 49ers, according to beat writer Matt Barrows. Our View: The 49ers don't have to rush to find their franchise quarterback. However, they could use a veteran like Hoyer to start while a young player is groomed (or while they wait to find him).
link to story Bears | Brian Hoyer could stay as mentor (Tue Feb 14, 02:51 PM) - Chicago Bears impending free-agent QB Brian Hoyer is a logical choice to be re-signed if the Bears draft a rookie quarterback, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jeff Dickerson. Hoyer is open to mentoring younger players and also still has some fuel left in the tank after throwing over 1,400 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions in six games last year. Our View: If (when?) the Bears move on from Jay Cutler, keeping Hoyer around as a mentor would be a wise idea. The team is currently expected to select a quarterback with the 3rd-overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. Mitch Trubisky (North Carolina) may be the player they target to lead their franchise into the future. Having Hoyer as a mentor would help as Trubisky is a talented but mechanically raw player who needs more development.
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