QB Brian Hoyer - Cleveland Browns
|6-2, 215||Born: 10-13-1985||College: Michigan State||Drafted: ---|
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General News (Tue Oct 21): is still the team's starting quarterback even though he struggled in Week 7, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Week 8: vs Oakland Raiders
Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Brian Hoyer had an awful game against the soft Jaguars' D last week - 16/41 for 215 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -18 yards. Though Andrew Hawkins did rebound from his awful 0-fer game of two weeks ago (nine targets for 5/112/0 receiving), the lack of passing scores depressed his upside (and everyone else on the Browns' team). Jordan Cameron had six targets during the game but converted just 1/5/0. The Cleveland offense crashed and burned in Jacksonville, friends. With Johnny Manziel waiting in the wings, if Hoyer struggles again against the bottom-of-the-barrel Raiders (after giving the bottom-of-the-barrel Jaguars their first win of the season) it may be time for the anticipated debut of Manziel. The Browns' offense is in a funk entering Week 8, friends. Speaking of the bottom-of-the-barrel, the Raiders' already-shaky pass D (ranked 11th in the NFL averaging 229.5 net yards allowed per game, but with 11 passing scores given up vs. just three interceptions (tied-24th in the NFL) and a mere six sacks (31st) generated) just lost their starting S Usama Young to ACL and MCL tears in a knee, leaving backup Brandion Ross to get a first start in this game. Uh oh, Raiders' fans. Carson Palmer threw 22/31 for 242 net yards, two TDs and one pick at the Black Hole last week (one sack taken for -11 yards); two weeks back Philip Rivers threw 22/34 for 307 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions, with one sack taken for -6 yards. Hoyer has an opportunity to bounce back at home against the ailing Raiders - we'll see if he can capitalize on the situation.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 5 vs TEN (21 / 37 / 292 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Facing a nearly unsurmountable deficit, Brian Hoyer displayed that he is capable of leading a football team to consistent victory. Hoyer led the Browns from 25 points down to defeat the Titans, the largest comeback by a road team in NFL history. Hoyer's accuracy on Sunday was very solid as he only missed a few throws. His first touchdown was a play-action dump-off to third string tight end Jim Dray on the goal line. His second touchdown was truly beautiful, as Hoyer rolled out of the pocket, eluded a defensive linemen by stepping inside and then firing a strike to wide-open Travis Benjamin over the middle of the field. It was truly a ìwowî moment by Brian Hoyer. Finally, Hoyer floated a beautiful pass to Travis Benjamin late in the 4th quarter for the game-winning touchdown that was placed right within Benjamin's grasp. Overall, Hoyer looked poised and confident that the Browns could win the game. He organized the offense very well during no-huddle situations and never looked lost or frazzled. While he did perform well for most of Sunday's contest, Hoyer did have some ugly throws and two near INTs. Furthermore, Hoyer forced his smaller receivers, Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel, into big wide receiver moments. Hawkins' 5'7 is not conducive to touchdown scoring, and when Hoyer targeted him in the end zone, the pass was too high, but high enough for a normal sized wide receiver to catch. Gabriel was targeted on a deep jump ball early in the game in double coverage, a catch that one would expect a Vincent Jackson or Eric Decker to make, not the diminutive Gabriel.
2014 Week 6 vs PIT (8 / 17 / 217 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brian Hoyer is developing into one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the league. Hoyer displayed his leadership, poise, and skill during Sunday's conquest over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mike Pettine voiced in the post-game press conference that "There's no cliques on this team", and referenced Hoyer taking the backup quarterbacks, offensive line and tight ends to weekly dinner catered by local chef Michael Symon in order to build trust and relationships with his cohorts. These leadership qualities and the trust that Hoyer bestows in his teammates transferred over to Sunday's contest. Hoyer places most of his throws where he trusts his targets to go "make a play", and a few of his overthrows can be credited to the trust he has in his receivers to make a leaping catch. This trust leads to quick decisions by Hoyer, who seems to rarely second guess his decisions. Hoyer played at a rapid pace on Sunday, leading the Browns through the no-huddle on multiple occasions while using his quick eyes to make rapid progressions, look of safeties (as he did on his first pass to Jordan Cameron, looking off both safeties and finding Cameron by himself on the far side of the field) and find open receivers. Through this rapid decision-making and mental processing, Hoyer kept incredibly quiet feet within the pocket. Even with pressure in his face, all Hoyer will do is a slight lean backwards on throws, which could be forgiven if Hoyer had elite arm strength. Alas, this Browns quarterback lacks deadly arm strength, which was showcased on a few occasions against the Steelers. On both of his cross-field throws, Hoyer severely underthrew his tight ends. Both throws were caught; however, Hoyer left yards and possibly points on the field in those occasions. Outside of deep or far travelling passes, Hoyer's ball placement was elite. Of his eight completions, each were put right where the receiver was the only person who could make a play. Hoyer's tendency to do this helps explain his extremely low interception rate (0.7%). With a cupcake schedule facing Hoyer the next three weeks (@JAC, vs. OAK, vs. TB); this author would not be surprised to find Hoyer on mid-season Pro Bowl projections.
2014 Week 7 vs JAX (16 / 41 / 215 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Not for the first time this year, Hoyer had a huge number of pass attempts with very little success. He was inaccurate and at times indecisive while being fortunate not to have more than one interception on passes that he appeared to just sling up without any care for placement. The Browns have been winning to this point, but it doesn't feel like Hoyer is the primary reason why. He can't expect to have too many more games like this one and remain the starting quarterback for this franchise.
Latest NewsBrowns | Johnny Manziel could play in Week 8 (Tue Oct 21, 02:05 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel could see some action in Week 8 against the Oakland Raiders, according to head coach Mike Pettine. However, Pettine said Monday, Oct. 20, that QB Brian Hoyer is still firmly entrenched as the team's starting quarterback. Hoyer completed a career-low 39 percent of his attempts against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7 and threw for 215 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. He has completed only 41.3 percent of his passes in the last two weeks. Pettine blamed Hoyer's poor performance on the team's inability to run and set up play-action. Our View: Fantasy owners need to be alert to this situation. The Manziel era is coming soon for the Browns. The 2014 first-round pick will get his shot as the starter if Hoyer continues to struggle.
link to story Browns | Brian Hoyer struggled in Week 7 (Mon Oct 20, 06:03 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer completed only 39 percent of his passes in the team's Week 7 game, which is the worst completion percentage by any quarterback this season. Our View: Let's face it, Hoyer is no long-term answer for the Browns. We should see Johnny Manziel as the starter soon enough. Hoyer needs to turn things around quickly, or he's going to get the boot.
link to story Browns | Brian Hoyer still starting QB (Mon Oct 20, 04:33 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer is still the team's starting quarterback even though he struggled in Week 7, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Our View: Fantasy owners who can carry that third quarterback should go ahead and pick up Johnny Manziel now. It was only a matter of time before he saw the field this year. Hoyer hasn't been blowing anybody away with his production, and Manziel could be the jolt this passing game needs. And oh yeah....it's not that long before Josh Gordon comes back.
link to story Browns | No contract talks with Brian Hoyer (Sun Oct 12, 12:06 PM) - The Cleveland Browns have not had contract extension talks with QB Brian Hoyer since the offseason. The two sides were not able to agree to terms when they had contract talks during the offseason. link to story
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