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QB Brian Hoyer - Cleveland Browns

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

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Week 3: vs Baltimore Ravens

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Brian Hoyer (24/40 for 204 yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown) put a feather in his cap last week by leading a stunning 26-24 upset of Drew Brees' Saints. Meanwhile, Johnny Manziel had one passing attempt for zero completions - Hoyer is playing very well, relegating Manziel to an inconsequential role so far this season. In the absence of Jordan Cameron, Gary Barnidge is proving his worth as a backup (four targets for 4/41/0 receiving last week), while Andrew Hawkins (12 for 6/70/0) and Miles Austin (10 for 6/44/1) handle the lions' share of the targets each week. The Brows' passing attack gained credibility last week, friends. The Ravens' pass D allowed 301 yards passing to Andy Dalton in Week One (25/38 for 301 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions) without sacking (or even hitting) Dalton once. However, Ben Roethlisberger had a harder time in M and T Bank Stadium last week, finishing the day with 22/37 for 202 net yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -15 yards. Baltimore was 12th in the NFL averaging 230 net passing yards allowed per game last season, with 25 TDs given up over 16 games played. So far this year, they rank 23rd in the NFL averaging 251.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with one TD allowed and one interception to their credit so far. Hoyer has things moving in the right direction during 2014, while the Ravens' pass D has been up and down - at home, we give the Browns a slight edge.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
1 at PIT 19 31 230 1 0 1 -2 0 0
2 vs NO 24 40 204 1 0 0 0 0 0
3 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds 21 35 * * * 1 * * *
3 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay 23 38 * * * 0 * * *
3 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom 22 34 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs PIT (19 / 31 / 230 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)

It was a tale of two halves for Brian Hoyer on Sunday, putting forth an effort in the first half worthy of calls by local media members for his replacement, and a second half engineering that put the Browns a field goal away from winning late in the 4th quarter. Before any evaluation of Hoyer can begin, it is worth noting that two things. First, Hoyer played most of the game with only one above replacement level receiver (Andrew Hawkins). The effect that receivers have the quarterbackís play is generally understated among scouts, for instance, Matt Cassel threw for a higher WPA with Moss/Welker than Tom Brady did in 2006 Reche Caldwell/Troy Brown/Ben Watson. Secondly, Hoyer threw three near interceptions in Sundayís contest, interceptions that would have severely crippled the Brownsí chances of winning. In the first half, Hoyer struggled to amount any offensive attack. On rollouts to his opposite side, Hoyer was slow rotating his body into throwing position and he failed to set his feet on a few key throws. However, the Browns adopted a no-huddle attack focused on short passes in the second half and they consistently moved the ball against the Steelers defense. Hoyer facilitated the no-huddle like a veteran, consistently getting the young Browns offense in formation before the Steelers could recuperate. His poise when facing pressure was superb, frequently letting his linemen get inches from him without panicking and escaping the pocket. Hoyerís lone touchdown pass was a strike to Travis Benjamin in the back of the end zone, a great timed pass and a great catch by Benjamin. The Browns recognize that Hoyer struggles with deep passes, therefore only two deep passes were attempted (a Jordan Cameron catch and an Ike Taylor dropped interception). Hoyerís lack of arm strength was not an issue in the second half, as the Browns kept things simple with a focus on running the ball and short passes.

2014 Week 2 vs NO (24 / 40 / 204 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Brian Hoyer displayed his own shortcomings during Sunday's contest; however, he was able to lead his team to a victory. The Browns are running a low variance offensive scheme this season that features a heavy dosage of running with short passes mixed in. The Browns' coaching staff is masking the fact that their passing game features the lowest level of talent in the NFL. Sans a receiving threat past 10 yards, Hoyer consistently dinked and dunked his way to the numbers seen above. Even his only touchdown was a quick 5-yard slant to Miles Austin, a play that almost any quarterback could make. He was able to stay poised in the pocket and avoid making any costly errors (no turnovers this season) while only taking one sack. Hoyer made quick decisions all day and was able to ad lib as necessary, making perhaps his best play of the game after rolling out to the near side of the field and nailing a diving Miles Austin to prolong the game-winning drive. However, throughout the day it became apparent that Brian Hoyer could not make all the throws required of an NFL quarterback. His lone deep pass was badly underthrown, and while deep passes are highly variable, it is necessary in any offense to keep the safeties out of the box. Furthermore, Hoyer frequently underthrew his receivers on passes past 10-12 yards. It seems as if Hoyer has overconfidence in his arm strength, when he simply cannot make those quick 20-yard boundary throws with consistent accuracy. Ultimately, Hoyer was able to follow the game plan and manage the Browns offense to a victory in dramatic fashion without much help from his receivers.

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Latest News

Browns | Jordan Cameron inactive for Week 2 (Sun Sep 14, 11:38 AM) - Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is inactive for the Week 2 game Sunday, Sept. 14. TEs Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray are expected to fill in for him.

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Browns | Jordan Cameron expected to sit (Sun Sep 14, 09:29 AM) - Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is expected to miss the Week 2 game Sunday, Sept. 14. TEs Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray would fill in for him.

Our View: Andrew Hawkins should have a nice PPR outlook against the Saints this week.
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Browns | Johnny Manziel unlikely to be used (Thu Sep 11, 07:16 PM) - Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will 'probably not' be used in Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints unless QB Brian Hoyer is injured, according to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan also reiterated that Manziel is not a wildcat quarterback, and any plays he would run would come from the regular offensive game plan.

Our View: We shall see. The Browns lack playmakers on offense, so using Manziel as a change-of-pace quarterback would make some sense.
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Browns | Never considered Johnny Manziel (Mon Sep 8, 02:55 AM) - Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine gave an in-game vote of confidence to Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer when he told media following the game that inserting QB Johnny Manziel was never an option. The Browns trailed the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-3 at halftime but nearly upset the Steelers thanks to a strong second half. Pittsburgh won 30-27 in overtime.

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Browns | Johnny Manziel might see some action (Sun Sep 7, 12:23 PM) - Cleveland Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel could see some action in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it will come down to a 'feel thing' per the coaching staff. Head coach Mike Pettine said Manziel has a package of plays specific for him and Manziel has prepared this week to play. Pettine said Manziel and QB Brian Hoyer will not be alternating series.

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Schedule

3vs Baltimore Ravens
4--- BYE WEEK ---
5@ Tennessee Titans
6vs Pittsburgh Steelers
7@ Jacksonville Jaguars
8vs Oakland Raiders
9vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10@ Cincinnati Bengals
11vs Houston Texans
12@ Atlanta Falcons
13@ Buffalo Bills
14vs Indianapolis Colts
15vs Cincinnati Bengals
16@ Carolina Panthers
17@ Baltimore Ravens