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QB Brian Hoyer - Cleveland Browns

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Hoyer was let down with some drops, but he was also a mess at times passing downfield. You still shouldn't drop him in deeper leagues because he'll Josh Gordon back in a week that he happens to face a weak Atlanta defense that might have just lost their best corner.

Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Brian Hoyer threw 50 passes last week in the chase position behind the Texans (Cleveland never led in the game) and wound up finishing Sunday with 20/50 for 330 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -13 yards. Andrew Hawkins (13 targets for 6/97/1 receiving) led the team in receiving while Taylor Gabriel also saw 13 targets (for 5/92/0 receiving). The lack of tight end Jordan Cameron (out due to concussion after effects) will be ameliorated this week as Josh Gordon finally returns from his 10-game suspension - just as the Browns' passing attack is heating up. Hoyer and Gordon had good chemistry last year (during Week 3 of 2013 Hoyer threw 19 passes for 10/146/1 receiving to Gordon), so if they are able to rekindle the connection in practices this week we may see some aerial fireworks from this duo. The Falcons' pass D is ranked 32nd in the NFL averaging 281.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 passing scores given out vs. nine interceptions (tied for 15th in the NFL) and thirteen sacks (tied for 29th) generated to date. Cam Newton was right on the usual pace against Atlanta last week, with 23/37 for 285 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -7 yards, while Josh McCown posted very similar (strong) passing numbers two weeks ago, with 27/43 for 281 net passing yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -20 yards. Atlanta's secondary scares nobody, friends. Advantage, Cleveland.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
8 vs OAK 19 28 275 1 0 2 1 0 0
9 vs TB 21 34 300 2 2 3 -1 0 0
10 at CIN 15 23 198 0 0 4 1 0 0
11 vs HOU 20 50 330 1 1 3 -6 0 0
12 at ATL PROJ-Dodds 23 36 * * * 2 * * *
12 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay 21 35 * * * 1 * * *
12 at ATL PROJ-Bloom 22 33 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs TB (21 / 34 / 300 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / -1 / 0 rush)

Brian Hoyer made plays when he needed to as the Browns outlasted the hapless Tampa Bay Bucs on Sunday. Going into the half, Hoyer was a paltry 9-14 with zero TD and one INT that was completely his fault, an overthrow of Andrew Hawkins. However, in the second half, Hoyer managed to facilitate two touchdown drives in the second half, the first a 2-yard pass to a wide-open Terrance West and the second to a streaking Taylor Gabriel for 34 yards and the victory. On the touchdown to West, Hoyer play-faked to West and rolled back and to the right. The Buccaneers forgot about West and Hoyer tossed it to West for an easy touchdown. On his second touchdown to Gabriel, Hoyer stayed calm under heavy pressure in the pocket, and found Taylor Gabriel wide-open running towards the goal line for six points. Hoyer stayed calm under pressure and kept his form while defenders were bearing down on him. While it was not the prettiest performance, Hoyer managed to defeat the Bucs sans three Pro-Bowl caliber players in Alex Mack, Jordan Cameron, and Josh Gordon.

2014 Week 10 vs CIN (15 / 23 / 198 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 1 / 0 rush)

As the quarterback of one of, if not the most, run-heaviest offenses in the league, Brian Hoyer is not given many opportunities to highlight his abilities. On Thursday night, Hoyer managed the game as the Browns chewed the play clock to the tune of 52 carries. Hoyer did his job, which was essentially to not make mistakes. Throughout the game, Hoyer was quick and deliberate with his throws, and rarely made a risky decision or throw. He was not perfect he did have a few overthrows and he did underthrow Travis Benjamin on a deep pass, but otherwise Hoyer showed plus accuracy. His most impressive pass came on 2nd and 10 with 6:37 left in the third and the Browns leading 17-3. Hoyer dropped back and found Gary Barnidge running up the seam on the far side of the field. Hoyer timed the throw in such a fashion where the safety, George Iloka, was too late with the help. This gave room for Barnidge to twist his body and using his big frame to come down with the 28-yard completion that set up the Browns' final touchdown of the game. The Browns are not asking Brian Hoyer to win games for them, and the Browns model success has a very 2013 Chiefs feel. With the Browns atop the division, no one is complaining about Hoyer's lack of volume.

2014 Week 11 vs HOU (20 / 50 / 330 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / -6 / 0 rush)

Given a long week to prepare for Sunday's contest against the Houston Texans, one would expect the Browns offense would be prepared for the "other" Texas football franchise. However, Brian Hoyer was frazzled throughout the game and put forth one of his worst performances of his short career. The Browns' offensive line struggled against the Texans fierce pass rush, as J.J Watt and Co. got a lot of push and were frequently in the Browns backfield. This visibly affected Brian Hoyer, as on many occasions he was unable to set his feet, or was otherwise jittery in the pocket. Hoyer's lack of mobility relegated him to backpedalling and obstructed passing lanes throughout the entire game. When Hoyer did get chances to throw the ball, he was very inaccurate and made at least seven to eight overthrows throughout the game. Hoyer's lone interception was actually a well-thrown pass, but the pass bounced off Miles Austin's hands and into a Texans defender's. However, Hoyer did throw three near interceptions, including a deep ball that was nowhere near the intended target. Against a team with better ball skills than the Texans, it is conceivable that Hoyer would have thrown three or four interceptions. Browns receivers, overall, had a very hard time getting open the Texans. Not a single team in the NFL would trade their receiving core for the Week 11 Browns', and that fact showed bright on Sunday. Hoyer's few successes on Sunday came between the 20s, where the Browns shifty receivers can sometimes make some plays. For instance, Hoyer's lone touchdown was a 32-yard catch where Andrew Hawkins caught a drag, and due to Texans' blown coverage, made a move after the catch to score a touchdown. However, on the Browns' redzone trips, the defense can play tighter to the Browns' receivers and shut them out. While Hoyer played a very weak game against the Texans, being without Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon makes Hoyer's chances of success drop dramatically.

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Browns | Brian Hoyer struggles in loss (Sun Nov 16, 09:36 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer completed 20 of his 50 pass attempts for 330 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Week 11 game against the Houston Texans. He is the fourth NFL quarterback since 1988 to at throw at least 50 passes with a complete percentage of 40 percent or lower.

Our View: Hoyer was let down by some drops, but his scattershot accuracy was a problem as the Browns tried to get back into this game. He should be helped by the return of Josh Gordon next week, but Hoyer is not a viable option.
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