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QB Brian Hoyer - New England Patriots

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

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Week 21: at Philadelphia Eagles

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Patriots at this point are a known commodity at this point with Tom Brady. The Patriots boast a highly effective offense that can beat you in so many ways. The Patriots can beat you with their running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends. This causes the Patriots to be extremely dangerous as there is no way to stop them it is only to contain them. Whether it is Dion Lewis or James White out of the background, Danny Amendola or Brandin Cooks as wide receivers or Rob Gronkowski at the tight end position. The Patriots have given Tom Brady so many options that everything is set up in their passing game. The one weakness the Patriots have is that their offensive line is banged up. Laadrian Waddle has really struggled at right tackle and Nate Solder has struggled at left tackle which could cause the Patriots issues if the Eagles are able to get pressure. The Eagles secondary is one that has improved throughout the season and a big part of that has been Jalen Mills. Mills who is a second-round draft pick struggled early on this season but has really picked his game up to go alongside Ronald Darby on the outside and Patrick Robinson out of the slot. The Patriots are going to have to try to find mismatches in this Eagles secondary and Eagles match up very well against the Patriots as Patrick Robinson is the best cornerback on the Eagles and he will be matched up against Danny Amendola who has largely been the best receiver in the playoffs this season. The Patriots may try to expose the Eagles is through the running backs as the Eagles have struggled against receiving tight ends as they allowed 6 receptions for 41 yards per game on the season which was league average in terms of points allowed to running backs on the season. The one area that the Eagles should struggle with the most in this game is with Rob Gronkowski as the Eagles have struggled against elite tight ends. Travis Kelce and Evan Engram who are the two best tight ends that the Eagles have faced both went for 80+ yards this season so if there is one weakness this is likely the weakness that the Patriots will have to take advantage of.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
17 vs NYJ 5 1 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.25
19 vs TEN 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 -1 0 0 -0.1
21 at PHI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs WAS (4 / 11 / 34 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

As odd as this might sound, Hoyer's passing performance didn't fit the profile of a typical NFL in-game benching. Yes, the box score says he went 4-for-11 before getting the hook, but only three of Hoyer's incompletions were of his own making: behind Pierre Garcon on an open dig route; over Garcon on an open out route; low to Aldrick Robinson on an open dumpoff in the right flat; high and inside to Marquise Goodwin on an open dig route. Otherwise, one of his incompletions was dropped, one came via being hit as he threw the ball, and the remaining two more were placed nearly perfectly deep down the sideline in the soft spot of Washington's Cover-2 (i.e., between the cornerback and the safety), but fell incomplete because his receivers didn't have quite enough separation to make the catch. And one final note: Hoyer didn't commit any sins of omission either. That is, from watching the All-22, there weren't any obvious instances of him failing to see wide open receivers or making bad decisions with respect to where he went with the ball. In short, no one who watched this game closely would say Hoyer played well; but neither would any of them say he played poorly enough to get demoted.

2017 Week 5 vs IND (29 / 46 / 353 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)

If last week Hoyer played better than his stats suggested, this week he played worse than they suggested. In the first half, he missed a wide open Marquise Goodwin on 3rd-and-9, nearly had another pass picked off by an unseen linebacker in underneath zone, and had two miscues handing off the ball to a running back. In the second half, he threw an awful deep ball to Goodwin, underthrew Pierre Garcon on another deep ball, missed both George Kittle and Carlos Hyde on short throws, and threw high and inside to Garcon on an out route. Two of these passes were nearly intercepted. Even in the midst of leading San Francisco on their game-tying drive at the end of regulation, he didn't even look at a completely uncovered Aldrick Robinson -- for the second time in the game -- and overthrew an easy swing route to Matt Breida.

2017 Week 4 vs ARI (24 / 49 / 234 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

As his 3.4 Adjusted Net Yards per Attempt suggests, Hoyer did not have a good game statistically. However, this was one of those performances where statistics obscure a large part of the story. First, Hoyer's best receiving weapon, Pierre Garcon, was neutralized by an alignment shadow from perrenial Pro-Bowler Patrick Peterson. Second, Arizona's constant blitzing, which increased as the game went on, contributed to Hoyer taking three sacks. Third, Hoyer's interception was less due to a bad throw than to the fact that slot cornerback Tyrann Mathieu -- in hockey parlance -- hooked Trent Taylor at the break of his corner route. Finally, 9 of Hoyer's 12 incompletions came on throws to Aldrick Robinson, who replaced an injured Marquise Goodwin for the final three-plus quarters. Lack of cohesion between the two was evident repeatedly, with both timing and "not being on the same page" miscues led to incompletion after incompletion.

2017 Week 3 vs LAR (23 / 37 / 332 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 9 / 1 rush)

Hoyer got off to an inauspicious start, throwing an interception that was nearly a pick six on his first attempt. He had no one to blame but himself, as it was a throw towards the inside on an out route. From there, Hoyer recovered to have a great game in terms of a fantasy stat line, but nevertheless one that wasn't awe-inspiring when one digs deeper than the box score. His scramble or a touchdown showed good situational awareness, but was mainly the byproduct of an "I can't believe he's running" reaction by the Rams defense and a deftly executed, timely block by Marquise Goodwin. Later in the first half, Hoyer missed Pierre Garcon wide open on a deep left target (a la his miss of Goodwin deep left early in the game last week). Hoyer also benefitted from a number of individual skill demonstrations by his receivers throughout the game: Goodwin and Garcon made several great catches via sideline toe taps, over-the-shoulder catches, fighting for the ball at its highest point, and somtimes a combination of these feats. That said, Hoyer also was the victim of several wide-open drops. In the second quarter, tight end George Kittle dropped a slant pss that would have been a walk-in touchdown. In the third quarter, Aldrick Robinson also dropped a slant pass. Meanwhile, both Carlos Hyde and Matt Breida dropped checkdowns by Hoyer.

2017 Week 2 vs SEA (15 / 27 / 99 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Although leeway must be given because of facing the Seahawks pass defense in Seattle, Hoyer's performance was awful nevertheless. His first dropback of the game saw Marquise Goodwin get wide open against Richard Sherman off of play action, but Hoyer air-mailed the 20-yard throw. His second dropback, which wasn't until San Francisco's next drive, resulted in one of the worst interceptions you'll ever see. Hoyer operated from the shotgun in an empty backfield because Carlos Hyde lined up at slot right. On his slant route, Hyde beat the outside linebacker in coverage towards the inside, but Hoyer threw his pass directly into the waiting arms of middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, who had been statiioned in the middle of the field the entire time. As failing to reach 100 yards passing suggests, things didn't improve from there.

2017 Week 1 vs CAR (24 / 35 / 193 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)

Hoyer looked good on plays that went as designed. When he had a clean pocket and the first option was open, Hoyer was accurate and on time. When there was pressure from the Panthers defense, he was ineffective. Drives sputtered because of sacks, penalties, and unsuccessful plays and the 49ers were unable to score a touchdown in this game. Hoyer was also picked to open the second half, killing any chance the 49ers had to create momentum. CJ Beathard will get to start before the season is over.

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