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QB Brian Hoyer - Cleveland Browns

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

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Week 9: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Brian Hoyer (19/28 for 275 yards, one TD and zero interceptions passing vs. Oakland) avoided the hook last week as he led the Browns to a comfortable 23-13 win over the Raiders after his disastrous 16/41 for 215 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown performance in the loss to then-winless Jacksonville. Reports out of Cleveland indicate that pressure was mounting for Johnny Manziel to start after the 6-24 disaster in Jacksonville, but that strain has been alleviated now (for the time being). Andrew Hawkins had his long grind through various secondaries rewarded with a rare TD last week (nine targets for 7/88/1 receiving), while Taylor Gabriel (three for 2/60/0) also did some nice things for Hoyer. Jordan Cameron finally started rewarding his fantasy owners with a decent game (five for 3/40/0), but was then concussed and thrust into another injury rehab - and Cameron has a prior history of concussions, which may keep him out a considerable length of time, depending on the severity of this particular instance of brain trauma. Local reports indicate that Cameron may be forced to miss the next two games (this Sunday and then next Thursday's early game). Miles Austin continues to move the chains from time to time (two targets for 2/34/0 vs. Oakland last week). The Buccaneer's pass D has been atrocious this year with 306 net yards and five TDs given up to Joe Flacco two games back and then 24/42 for 235 yards, one TD and zero interceptions allowed to rookie Teddy Bridgewater last week (one sack for -6 yards generated by Tampa in that game). To date, they are ranked 30th in the NFL averaging 286.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with a whopping 16 pass TDs allowed vs. a mere four interceptions (tied for 23rd in the NFL) and a paltry 10 sacks (tied for 26th) generated to date. Yikes, that is horrid, friends. Also, the Buccaneers went into full rebuilding mode before the trade deadline on Tuesday, sending starting S Mark Barron to St. Louis for draft picks - they are tearing down the defense BEFORE then end of the season, with LB Jonathan Casillas also shipped off to New England. Double Yikes! Advantage, Cleveland.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at TEN 21 37 292 3 1 1 2 0 0
6 vs PIT 8 17 217 1 0 1 0 0 0
7 at JAX 16 41 215 0 1 1 -1 0 1
8 vs OAK 19 28 275 1 0 2 1 0 0
9 vs TB PROJ-Dodds 21 32 * * * 2 * * *
9 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay 17 29 * * * 1 * * *
9 vs TB PROJ-Bloom 18 28 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 8 vs OAK (19 / 28 / 275 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)

Brian Hoyer rebounded from his worst performance of the season last week against Jacksonville, however he did not perform as well as the stats suggested. On four occasions, Hoyer was nearly intercepted. Furthermore, Hoyer struggled to locate his deep ball. Rather than leading Travis Benjamin away from the safety on a deep post, Hoyer put Benjamin in a jump ball situation, which is not conducive for success. Nonetheless, Hoyer did put together a nice four-play drive after a Joe Haden recovered fumble, a point that Browns coach Mike Pettine believed was a "turning point" in the contest. Hoyer hit Andrew Hawkins and Jim Dray for big gains where he showed great patience in letting routes develop. Hoyer capped the drive with a four-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Hawkins, who was wide open running an out to the front left pylon. This performance was decent from Hoyer, but against a team less hapless than the Raiders, it would not have been enough


Latest News

Browns | 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.
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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.
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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's not that long before Josh Gordon comes back.
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