QB Brian Hoyer - New England Patriots
|6-2, 215||Born: 10-13-1985||College: Michigan State||Drafted: ---|
2019 Week 9 vs PIT (17 / 26 / 168 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Brian Hoyer entered the game in relief of an injured Jacoby Brissett. Hoyer played well outside of a few sacks and two turnovers. Hoyer made some nice throws and gave the Colts a chance to win. Hoyer found Jack Doyle on a double move over the middle for an 11 yard touchdown on his first throw of the game. Hoyer and the Colts moved into the red zone relying mostly on their running game. Hoyer targeted Jack Doyle down the seam and was intercepted by Minkah FItzpatrick who took the interception 96 yards for a touchdown. Hoyer never saw Fitzpatrick on the play and threw the ball right to him. Hoyer responded well to the interception leading the Colts down the field for a touchdown before halftime. Hoyer capped the drive with a 14 yard strike down the seam to Zach Pascal on what was Hoyer's best throw of the game. Hoyer made another great throw to Pascal this time along the sideline where only Pascal could catch the pass for 17 yards on 3rd and 19. After converting the 4th down the Colts decided to go for it again on 4th down a few plays later. Hoyer failed to feel the rush and was stripped from behind for another turnover. The Colts took over in great field position following a fumble trailing by 5 and scored a touchdown. On 4th and 2 Hoyer found Chester Rogers wide open in the back of the end zone for a 4 yard touchdown. Trailing by 2 Hoyer put the Colts in position to win the game with an outstanding back shoulder throw to Zach Pascal. However, Vinatieri missed the game winning field goal.
2019 Week 10 vs MIA (18 / 39 / 204 / 1 / 3 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brian Hoyer played very poorly against the Dolphins. Hoyer did not look the part of NFL quarterback. Hoyer struggled to deal with pressure, was inaccurate, lacked poise, and turned the ball over. Hoyer seemed to be thrown off whenever he was pressured or the initial play design failed. Hoyer showed no ability to improvise and poor awareness. The Colts took over in good field position following a fumble and Brian Hoyer moved the Colts into the red zone with completions to Zach Pascal and Nyheim Hines. Hoyer threw what should have been a 9 yard touchdown to Eric Ebron but the pass was intercepted because Ebron had the ball stripped and stolen from him as he tried to secure it. The Colts began to move the ball again but an ugly sack absorbed by Hoyer forced a punt. Hoyer seemed completely oblivious to the pass rush. The Colts final 3 possessions of the half were a turnover on downs, an interception, and a three and out. Hoyer's interception was an ugly overthrow of Eric Ebron down the seam who was well covered on the play. The Colts scored their first points with a field goal midway through the 3rd quarter. Following a turnover Hoyer got the Colts into the end zone with a 1 yard touchdown throw to Jack Doyle. Trailing by 1 point Hoyer threw an ugly interception targeting Zach Pascal. Pascal had slipped on the play, was well covered, and Hoyer's pass was behind him. Trailing by 4 with less than 4 minutes remaining Hoyer got the ball back, Hoyer made his best throw of the game to Chester Rogers down the seam for 20 yards. Hoyer then made another tight window throw to Ebron for 23 yards. A few plays later on 4th and 10 Hoyer threw the ball short of the line to gain despite having a clean pocket and Ebron was stopped short of the line to gain.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
2016 Week 3 vs DAL (30 / 49 / 317 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Hoyer started slow with two three and outs, including one where a penalty erased a good gain to Kevin White. A screen to Alshon Jeffery helped set up a field goal, but it took until the second half for Hoyer to break through with short passing to Zach Miller, Jeffery, and Jeremy Langford, before capping a drive with a two-yard score to Miller. A Cameron Meredith fumble short-circuited another Bears possession, and the game was out of hand by the time Hoyer drove the Bears down the field for another score to Miller. Hoyer rung up yards and attempts on garbage time drives, but overall it was the kind of performance that shows why he is a backup in the NFL. His chemistry with Miller and willingness to give White chances to make plays on the ball downfield are encouraging, but Hoyer is not going to make this poor Bears team a winner.
2016 Week 4 vs DET (28 / 36 / 302 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Brian Hoyer put forth an exceptional effort in Chicago's 17-14 win over the Detroit Lions. Hoyer, starting his second game under center since joining the Bears in the offseason, completed 28 of 36 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns. Pressure or no pressure, Hoyer made all the throws. With pressure in his face, Hoyer completed 6 of 8 passes for 44 yards and two TDs. This stat is encouraging because of Chicago's inconsistent offensive line play. While the majority of Hoyer's throws were to underneath receivers, he completed 2 of 3 passes for 86 yards on throws of 20-plus yards down the field. As long as Hoyer continues to manage games efficiently, there's no reason to believe he can't put up half-way decent numbers until Jay Cutler returns to the lineup.
2016 Week 5 vs IND (33 / 43 / 397 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Brian Hoyer is playing some very solid football this season. Starting his third game of the season Sunday against the Colts, Hoyer pitched his third-consecutive 300-yard passing game with no turnovers. The journeyman quarterback completed 33 of 43 passes for 397 yards and two touchdowns. Hoyer has shown enough in the past three games to keep the starting job when the time comes for Jay Cutler to return from his thumb injury. While Hoyer definitely has a ceiling, he's found some things that work within Dowell Loggains' offense -- Jordan Howard, Cameron Meredith, Zach Miller and occasionally Alshon Jeffery. Hoyer is a solid spot-start option in Week 6 against Jacksonville.
2016 Week 6 vs JAX (30 / 49 / 302 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
The curious case of Brian Hoyer is getting more and more curious by the week. Hoyer has surpassed 300 passing yards in all four of his starts since taking over for Jay Cutler. Not only is Hoyer racking up yardage, he's also not turning over the ball. Hoyer has six touchdowns and zero interceptions (189 passing attempts) in his five games played this season. While Hoyer has done a great job of manning the position, he's had a very difficult time picking up large chunks of yards at a time. In Sunday's loss to Jacksonville, a game in which the Bears led until late in the fourth quarter, Hoyer badly struggled to find his receivers down field. After putting up a monster first half, Alshon Jeffery might as well not have even been on the field in the second half. Hoyer is in an interesting position right now, because he's playing pretty solid football. He's simply not winning games, and wins are important in the NFL, in case you didn't know.
2016 Week 7 vs GB (4 / 11 / 49 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
To say Thursday night didn't go well for Brian Hoyer would be an understatement. The veteran quarterback struggled to find any sort of rhythm in his one-plus quarters of action before taking a hit that left him with a broken left arm. Hoyer is likely to need surgery but could return late in the season, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The injury opens the door for Jay Cutler to return from his injury. With a Monday Night Football matchup with the Minnesota Vikings up next, Cutler will be in there if he's anything close to healthy.
2015 Week 1 vs KC (18 / 34 / 236 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
There was only one drive where Brian Hoyer looked effiicent but his day started off on a terrible read. Hoyer was intercepted when he was throwing a quick slant to Deandre Hopkins who was streaking downfield. He did respond in the third drive hitting four different receivers in Keith Mumphery, Nate Washington, Cecil Shorts (twice) and Hopkins for a four yard touchdown. That was the highlight of his day going five of five that drive for 59 yards. That put the Texans in an offensive hole all day and put the offense on it heels all day. Hoyer was erratic with his throws through out the day. Miss high to crossing receivers and missing the back shoulder throw to Hopkins by throwing it the dirt. Hoyer was not helped by his offensive line who played sub par especially in pass protection. Hoyer was harassed all day and had issues stepping up into the pocket to complete passes. Hoyer's rough day ended up getting him benched later in the game but this was more likely due to him botching pre-snap reads in key spots during the game.
2015 Week 4 vs ATL (17 / 30 / 232 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The game was out of hand and Brian Hoyer came in a played mop up duties for the Texans. With touchdown passes to Cecil Shorts and C.J. Fiedorowicz late in the game, it made the score not look at bad as it could have been. The Falcons brought in their reserves late in the third quarter when Hoyer took over but it is hard to get a real feel if it makes a difference for the offense. Hoyer threw a much more catchable football but with the Falcons playing some coverage, the passes were easy pitch and catches.
2015 Week 5 vs IND (24 / 31 / 312 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
It was an impressive day for Brian Hoyer, he looked sharp throwing the football. If there is one thing for sure, DeAndre Hopkins is his go to wide receiver. Hoyer only had seven incompletions all evening and and his day was ruined with his last pass of the game when he panicked in the pocket and just threw up the ball up in the middle of the field for an easy interception. It was a terrible decision that overshadowed how good his day really was. Hoyer got the offense moving in the right direction and it was the best the team looked all season. Hoyer was working the Colts inside the numbers and Hopkins started getting rolling with his crossing routes that ended up easy throws for Hoyer. Hoyer's two touchdown throws went to Jaelen Strong. The first one came on the final play for the 1st half with one second left on the clock throwing it up into the end zone. Strong boxed out the defenders and hauled in the last gasp play heading into half for a 42-yard touchdown. His other touchdown throw to Strong came on a blown coverage by the Colts that left Strong wide open on a corner route that ended up a 11-yard touchdown. Hoyer continues to spread the ball around the field when he is on the field looking for nine different receivers on the day and that helps him keep the defense focusing on one specific player.
2015 Week 6 vs JAX (24 / 36 / 293 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 5 / 0 rush)
Once again the Texans offense looks like it has an identity with Brian Hoyer running the offense. It might be hard to believe, Brian Hoyer is setting career highs in completion percentage and well on his way in the touchdown category. Completing 67% of his passed, Hoyer's biggest difference happen on third down going 8 of 11 for 95 yards and 3 TDS. Hoyer's two favorite targets continue to be Arian Foster and DeAndre Hopkins. Hoyer is able to throw catchable footballs to his receivers and his best ball continues to be the 50/50 passes to Hopkins. He threw some good back shoulder throws to Hopkins but he continues to be underrated on his deep ball placement like he did on Hopkins 26-yard touchdown reception. Hoyer is also doing a much better job of getting the ball into his receivers hands early in order to eat up yards and he put that on display with Cecil Shorts early 31-yard reception and Arian Foster's 1-yard touchdown reception. He was kept clean majority of the game and even showed some ability to create when the play breaks down. Hopkins and Hoyer continue to be on the same page and almost half of his passes were headed Hopkins way on Sunday.
2015 Week 7 vs MIA (23 / 49 / 273 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The offensive line did Brian Hoyer no favors for the entire first half and there was one series where he was sacked on three consecutive plays. The Texans started the game with SEVEN consecutive drives with a three and out and one of Hoyer's passes was dropped and picked off for a touchdown. Add in six dropped passes, Hoyer was struggling because of the lack of help form his teammates. Hoyer ending up getting things rolling in garbage time and started to link up with Nate Washington. Hoyer hit Washington for three big plays of 27, 23 and 22 yards with one resulting in a touchdown. Hoyer when given time can pick the under neath routes and move the football but it was a mop up success for Hoyer who tried to make the game respectable for his late touchdown passes to Foster and Washington. Hoyer will remain the starter for the remainder of the season.
2015 Week 8 vs TEN (23 / 35 / 235 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
It was a conservative but another productive day for Brian Hoyer at quarterback. Hoyer dink and dunked all after noon and hit his running backs all afternoon for short gains. He looked for Alfre Blue and Chris Polk out of the back field for consistent chunks of 5 to 6 yards. When Hoyer pushed the ball downfield he had success. He took advantage of the space DeAndre Hopkins and Nate Washington had against the Titans secondary. He hit Hopkins for gains of 12, 13 and a 21 yard one on one ball in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. As for Washington, he hit him with gains of 11, 15 and and the game clinching 42 yard touchdown. On the touchdown, Hoyer threw to the end zone and let Washington run under neath it in stride to beat the defender. Hoyer was methodical but took calculated chances that paid off for the offense.
2015 Week 10 vs CIN (12 / 22 / 123 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
It was a slow day at the office for Brian Hoyer who had his evening finished in the concussion protocol. Hoyer could never really get going through the air and three drops during the game did not help Hoyer's numbers. He did have two big gains on the evening, a 19 yard gain to Nate Washington on a nice play action off a screen pass and a bootleg when he hit tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz for a 25 yard catch and run. He had trouble linking up with DeAndre Hopkins and their longest reception was only 13 yards. Hoyer's only interception on the evening came on a hail mary pass to end the first half. It was an uneventful game for Hoyer and it was his lowest output of the season through the air.
2015 Week 12 vs NO (21 / 27 / 205 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Talk about an impressive start to the game, Hoyer was 10 of 10 at one point to start the game until his panic interception of the game. Hoyer had plenty of time to throw all game and the one interception on the game he was lost and threw to where he thought Cecil Shorts III was headed but right into the hands of a Saints defender. It was his worst throw of the day and put the Saints back into the game but other than that Hoyer was solid. He linked up with Ryan Griffin early for a 14 yard gain on a bootleg pass then turned a broken play into a 10-yard touchdown pass to Griffin on the opening drive of the game. Hoyer had big chunk plays, a 21 and 37-yard gains to Griffin attacking the middle of the field and a 32-yard deep crosser to Nate Washington to set up a touchdown run, DeAndre Hopkins was targeted plenty by Hoyer and tried to get him into the end zone but there were minimal gains of 7 and 8 yards with key first down throws in the middle of the field and the longest completion came with a 12 yard reception. To cap off his day, Hoyer got a gift touchdown pass by flipping the ball forward to Cecil Shorts III on a jet sweep for a 3 yard touchdown pass that took a review to confirm.
2015 Week 13 vs BUF (26 / 43 / 293 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 15 / 0 rush)
Overall on the stat page if was a solid day for Brian Hoyer. There were some inaccurate throws and close to 4-5 drops on the day from his receivers. Hoyer had key scoring drives and targeted the middle of the field to Nate Washington, Cecil Shorts and Ryan Griffin to start the day off. Hoyer hit Ryan Griffin with an 8 yard touchdown pass to close out the first quarter. Shorts was a key target for Hoyer bitting him for 11, 23, 17, 15 and 14 yards out of the slot. Hoyer tried to push the ball down field to Washington but could not complete the deep balls on two tries. Hoyer's biggest drive when he targeted DeAndre Hopkins and capped it off with a 19 yard touchdown pass to him in the end zone. Hoyer continues to throw the ball to Hopkins in one-on-one situations and had two throws of 23 and 29 yards on a drive. After that Hoyer could not find Hopkins consistently. Hoyer had a late interception throwing a hail mary attempt to end the game.
2015 Week 14 vs NE (11 / 22 / 155 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
For Brian Hoyer to come out alive of this game is near amazing. The Patriots sacked him seven times and Hoyer ended up with a concussion and strained neck putting his weekend into doubt for the Colts. With that said Hoyer's evening was plagued with drops from his receivers and some poorly thrown balls that were needed in clutch situations. He under threw a deep ball to Washington that if thrown on time could have been an easy touchdown. He also forced some throws to the sideline to Hopkins and Washington that ended up uncatchable. On a key third down play, Hoyer had Griffin wide open and threw the ball behind him resulting in one of many punts for the Texans. Hoyer struggled all game getting in sync with his receivers and ended up being one of his worst production games of the season.
2015 Week 17 vs JAX (25 / 40 / 249 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It was Brian Hoyer's first game since sitting out the past two games recovering from a concussion. Hoyer was feeling pressure that was not there early in the game but he settled in and did work underneath all day. He attempted only one pass over 20 yards but it was an uncatchable ball intended for DeAndre Hopkins that carried him out of bounds. Hoyer threw a much better football that allowed he receivers get some catch and runs in and Jaelen Strong was a firm example of this. Hoyer had simple throws under five yards that turned into solid gains due to his skill players making defenders miss. Hoyer did have an interception on a high pass to Hopkins that he reached up and tipped that fell into a Jaguars defenders hands. His longest throw of the day came on a crossing route he hit Hopkins on for 20 yards on a play action pass. Hoyer looked solid and threw some big passes when needed and helped the Texans reach the AFC South title.
2015 Week 18 vs KC (15 / 34 / 136 / 0 / 4 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
There is not much anyone can say but it was easily the worst playoff performance by a quarterback in recent history. Completing on 15 passes, Hoyer worked underneath to DeAndre Hopkins early in the game to get the Texans going. Hoyer's first two passes were an indicator of how his day would start, then everyone should have paid attention. His first throw to Nate Washington was a slant route that was open and said over his head and the third down throw of that drive to Cecil Shorts was to him breaking out of the slot that was too wide and out of reach for Shorts. It was two passes that he has made before during the regular season and wasn't even close to open the game. His first interception was due to Nate Washington not finishing his route and letting Eric Berry cut in front of him. As for the other three interceptions, Hoyer made poor choices just throwing the ball up for grabs. Hoyer had a fumble he lost while driving when Chris Clark was pushed into Hoyer's back and he fumbled to add another mark to a horrid day. Where the Texans go from here at the quarterback situation is going to be interesting but Hoyer proved that the playoff stage was too gig for him.
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.
2014 Week 3 vs BAL (19 / 25 / 290 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Brian Hoyer had the best game of his career on Sunday against the Ravens, putting forth a near spotless performance in a big divisional matchup. Hoyer displayed a quick release on all of his throws, and was deadly accurate on his short-medium distance throws. The Browns' offense and personnel was developed around Hoyer's ìWest Coastî skillset, and he executed the offense to a tee on Sunday. Hoyer's lone touchdown pass was a 4-yard strike to Miles Austin on a slant. The throw was behind Austin, but he made a great catch to save Hoyer's inaccurate volley. While Hoyer's accuracy, poise, and leadership were all positives on Sunday, he still has his own shortcomings. While he did complete both of his deep passes, one to Travis Benjamin and the other to Taylor Gabriel, both passes were underthrown by 3-5 yards. Hoyer left two touchdowns on the field in those situations. The fact that he completed them, however, will force opposing defensive coordinators to respect the deep ball. This will in turn help the Browns' running game. Furthermore, Hoyer threw behind Andrew Hawkins on a critical third and seven late in the game, which if completed for a first down, would have given the Browns a victory. In addition, Hoyer's lack of mobility cost him on a few negative runs and one that left him a yard short of the first down. That is something he does not have control over, however. Overall, Hoyer further cemented his place as one of the elite short passing quarterbacks in the NFL. So far this season, Hoyer has yet to throw an interception. The value that he adds on top of his 'game manager' is a huge plus for this Browns offense.
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.
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
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 ñ 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.
2014 Week 12 vs ATL (23 / 40 / 322 / 0 / 3 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)
When it mattered most, Brian Hoyer facilitated a field goal drive that was the decisive moment in the Browns' close victory over the Falcons. Hoyer put together four first down passes that put Billy Cundiff in range to win the game for the Browns. However, that does not excuse Hoyer from the pitiful performance he put forth in the other 59 minutes of the game on Sunday. Hoyer threw three interceptions on Sunday, as the near interceptions he had been compiling throughout the season finally caught up to him. The first was a result of poor footwork, as Hoyer stepped towards the sideline on an underthrown pass to Gary Barnidge. The second was a terrible, momentum-killing decision that was one of the worst decisions a Browns quarterback had made since the infamous "Weeden flip". Hoyer rolled out of the pocket on first and goal at the Falcons 6, and threw the ball thirty yards off balance into double coverage where Desmond Trufant made a great leaping interception. In addition, when it could not get worse for Hoyer, on a pivotal third down on the following drive, Hoyer overthrew a wide-open Josh Gordon on a deep sideline pass that fell straight into the grasp of the Atlanta defense and set them up for a go-ahead field goal. Throughout the game, Hoyer lacked accuracy and command of his offense. The Browns had great field position throughout the game, but miscues by Hoyer left at least eleven points on the board in the first half and many more in the second half. While it may be because of the lack of redzone options for the Browns (Josh Gordon is actually poor in the redzone/end zone), Hoyer was unable to convert in the most pivotal area of the field.
2014 Week 13 vs BUF (18 / 30 / 192 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brian Hoyer played out of his mind for the first few games of the season, posting great numbers while creating a Tebow-esque "He just wins" narrative. However, eventually every player regresses back to their true talent level, and such was the case with Brian Hoyer. The Browns had been winning despite Brian Hoyer for the entire season, whether Browns fans want to admit it or not. On Sunday against the Bills, Hoyer showed how he a bottom-five quarterback in the NFL. In general, Hoyer was inaccurate. Even on his completions, he put the ball in sub-optimal places for his receivers. For instance, Hoyer threw the ball behind a streaking Miles Austin on a wheel route in the first quarter, which, if placed correctly in stride, is easily a touchdown. As the game progressed, facing a stout defense and having little success, Hoyer began to force throws into double coverage. Hoyer has two near interceptions in such instances, both dropped by Bills defenders. On both of Brian Hoyer'S interceptions, he made only one read and "locked on" to his receiver, which made the interceptions easy. Furthermore, Brian Hoyer was unable to convert on third down, consistently throwing passes too short for conversion or unable to find receivers downfield. After the game, Brian Hoyer was "shocked" that he was replaced. He will supposedly go into this week with a starterís mentality.
2014 Week 14 vs IND (14 / 31 / 140 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
With his position as starting quarterback in peril, Brian Hoyer did very little to prove his detractors wrong on Sunday against the Colts. In his press conference Monday afternoon, Mike Pettine was uncommitted to either quarterback as to who would start next week. However, one gets the feeling that he is leaning towards Manziel heading into the upcoming week of practice. This does not come as a surprise as Brian Hoyer put forth a bottom five performance for the fourth straight week. Throughout Sunday's contest, Hoyer was consistently inaccurate, ending a multitude of drives due to his inability to convert receivers. In the second quarter, Brian Hoyer overthrew Taylor Gabriel by a solid 10 yards on a deep pass over the middle. Hoyer blamed the throw on the "wind", which seems like a hollow bailout, given that the wind was not even very strong and the ball was incredibly overthrown. Furthermore, Hoyer was not able to get the ball to receivers when they were open on multiple occasions, often resorting to taking a sack or a low percentage throw. It seems as if Hoyer has lost confidence in his ability to be an effective NFL quarterback. However, this has not stopped him from shifting the blame to his teammates and outside causes for his failures. Outside of the Gabriel pass being affected by the "wind", Hoyer has put the blame on Jordan Cameron for his end zone interception against the Colts (which is understandable, but you have to support your people) and blame on Josh Gordon for being suspended. Brian Hoyer still thinks he is a good NFL quarterback, however, with continued inaccuracy and inability to lead touchdown drives, his days are numbered as a Cleveland Brown.
2014 Week 16 vs CAR (7 / 13 / 134 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 19 / 0 rush)
Brian Hoyer relieved Johnny Manziel late in the second quarter in Sunday's contest against the Carolina Panthers. With the Browns offense sputtering, Hoyer came in and performed with mixed results. Hoyer did manage to complete a touchdown pass, an 81-yard strike to Jordan Cameron. Cameron broke on a deep post to the middle, and safety Roman Harper absolutely blew the coverage while Cameron blew past him for the touchdown. The throw was in stride and right where Cameron could catch it in stride and run. Other than this bright spot, however, Hoyer struggled to lead the offense on scoring drives. It was a lot more of the same for Hoyer on Sunday. His ugliest moment came in the fourth quarter, where Hoyer threw a deep pass down the right side to Travis Benjamin with the Browns down four points. The ball was underthrown by 7-8 yards, allowing cornerback Josh Norman to make a diving interception. It was easily one of the worst throws of the NFL season by any quarterback, and if not for Norman fumbling the ensuing return, would have ended the Browns chances at winning. When given a chance to come back and lead the Browns to a prideful victory, Hoyer failed and was unable to sustain drives. Hoyer was unable to find open receivers and while he did scramble for a few nice positive gains, he was no match for the pressure that the Carolina front seven put on him.
2013 Week 3 vs MIN (30 / 54 / 321 / 3 / 3 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Brian Hoyer played excellently against the Vikings, recording the Browns' first three-touchdown game since Brady Quinn did so on December 6, 2009. Hoyer looked in command from the get go, and consistently gave the Browns a chance to win. When one solely analyzes Hoyer's touchdowns drives, he looks like a Pro Bowl quarterback. Hoyer underthrew his first touchdown pass by two yards, but Josh Gordon leaned back and corralled the ball for Hoyer's first Browns touchdown. On the next drive, Hoyer delivered the ball to Jordan Cameron in the back of the end zone for six points. Hoyer beautifully arched the ball past the safety and into a place where only the 6'5 Cameron could catch the ball. However, in between his second and third touchdowns Hoyer did throw three interceptions. The first of which was a huge mistake, as Harrison Smith jumped in front of a hitch/curl route. Hoyer's obliviousness to lurking defenders continued in the next drive when linebacker Chad Greenway stepped in front of Jordan Cameron for Hoyer's second interception. One can attribute the third interception to play calling and pass blocking, as the Vikings tipped and intercepted Brian Hoyer's intermediate pass attempt. The Browns dropped back to pass on 2nd and 27 deep in their own territory, limiting Hoyer to the pocket as his line collapsed back onto him. However, Hoyer rebounded late in the game, leading the Browns on an 11- play, 55-yard drive to seal the victory. Hoyer nailed Cameron on a back shoulder floater that Cameron jumped up and seized. Overall, Hoyer's ball placement was solid, though he tended to throw behind his receivers. Hoyer did benefit from the absence of Vikings cornerback Chris Cook, as Josh Gordon smoked backup cornerback AJ Jefferson multiple times. Hoyer executed his favorite back shoulder throws to near perfection. Hoyer also displayed a beautiful display of urgency, throwing the ball away multiple times when under pressure as well as staying away from any delay of game penalties. The Vikings had no answer for Hoyer and Davone Bess on third down. Hoyer completed numerous passes on the boundary to Bess, showing good across the field accuracy to prevent the ball form sailing out of bounds. Overall, Hoyer looked fundamentally strong and flashed signs of brilliance. He did have some communication problems and made a few poor decisions, but he provided quarterback play that the Browns have not seen in a while.
2013 Week 4 vs CIN (25 / 38 / 269 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 7 / 0 rush)
Brian Hoyer played very quickly against the Bengals, hitting his primary read with confidence and executing screens with extreme quickness to give receivers the most amount of time to make plays. Hoyer sold his fakes very well, and his transitions on handoffs and screens were precise and smooth. Hoyer's first touchdown throw was a back shoulder throw to Jordan Cameron, an indefensible throw. Hoyer delivered the ball to where only Jordan Cameron can catch it, a skill that Hoyer probably learned from Tom Brady in New England. Hoyer showed his back-shoulder skills on incompletions as well, specifically when he delivered a back shoulder pass to Davone Bess that was out of bounds. Speaking of accuracy, Hoyer showed average-below average accuracy on throws, most notably on deeper throws. Often times, the Browns' receivers bail out Hoyer on deeper throws with their insane athleticism. Hoyer knows where to go with the ball and where to place it, but the accuracy just is not quite there yet. When it comes to pressure, Hoyer avoided sacks nicely, specifically in the second quarter when he side armed a screen pass to Jordan Cameron in the face of pressure. While Hoyer excels at getting rid of the ball under pressure, he often throws flat-footed in the pocket. This can disrupt the natural throwing motion and leads to passes becoming inaccurate. If not for Josh Gordon's freakish athleticism, Hoyer's 32-yard completion to Gordon would have been a clear interception on an underthrown ball. Overall, Hoyer's pass protection was decent, and compared to Week 1 the Browns offensive line played like Pro Bowlers. Hoyer's clock management skills were poor in the first half, as he failed to get the play called after Gordon's 32-yard catch, burning a timeout. In another instance, Hoyer threw three short passes in the middle of the field on the Browns final drive of the first half. With 80 yards to go and 1:38 on the clock, those three throws gained sixteen yards, burned 43 seconds, and cost a timeout. Nevertheless, when it mattered most, Brian Hoyer came through and delivered a 12 play, 91-yard drive that culminated in a touchdown pass to Chris Ogbonnaya. For the second straight week, Brian Hoyer has led the Browns on a definitive drive late in the game to seal the victory. As long as that continues, the other pitfalls in his game will be continued to be glanced over.
2013 Week 5 vs BUF (2 / 4 / 25 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
Brian Hoyer looked decent in his short time on the field. After lacking accuracy on his first two passes, Hoyer came back on the Browns second drive and hit Davone Bess for two consecutive first downs. Hoyer looked poised to lead the Browns on their first scoring drive of the night. However, fate had its way with Brian Hoyer on Thursday night. Brian Hoyer tore his ACL on Thursday after taking a hit from Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso while sliding after a short scramble. Alonso led with his helmet and struck Hoyer's head while Hoyer was almost down. However, Hoyer was considered at that point to be a runner, not a quarterback, making the hit completely legal. The helmet-to-helmet contact did not play a role in the injury, but one could come to the conclusion that Alonso initiated the tackle after Hoyer had already given himself up. Hoyer's left leg buckled under him with the force of Alonso on top of him, and he writhed in pain on the sideline directly after the play. Fortunately, Hoyer tore his ACL without causing damage to his meniscus, MCL or PCL. This in theory could lead to a quicker heal time for Hoyer, who was given estimated return date of 9-12 months. Coach Rob Chudzinski had this to say about Hoyer after Thursday's win: "He's been a big part of what we've done the last couple of weeks. I think it was a little bit of a shock for the guys at first."
2012 Week 16 vs CHI (11 / 19 / 105 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Hoyer was only signed about two weeks ago, and considering the offensive struggles of this team, was actually serviceable as a starter. His interception by cornerback Kelvin Hayden late in the fourth quarter was a result of trying to force the ball to Larry Fitzgerald, who he seemed to have good chemistry with despite not having a ton of reps together. It was a poor decision and a poor throw, as he tried to fake the underneath defender with a pump fake which didn't quite work. It didn't hurt the Cardinals (the game was well over) but it is the type of poor decision-making which has plagued Arizona all year and is indicative of some of Hoyers' appearances previously. Overall he filled in well for a quarter, though even then you can't read too much into it as the Bears were content to let the Cardinals move the ball around and wait for a chance at a turnover, and decided to play a loose coverage. Hoyer will likely get another chance at some point in Week 17, though it will be against a tough San Francisco defense.
2012 Week 17 vs SF (19 / 34 / 225 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
During a year where the Arizona quarterback situation has been among the worst in the league, Brian Hoyer actually proved to be capable of playing at an NFL level. In the 1st quarter, Hoyer was able to complete numerous quick throws to his wide receivers, delivering the ball both accurately and on time. The 49ers elected to rush only 4 pass rushers for most of the game, creating a high level of traffic in the secondary for the receivers to navigate. The Arizona Cardinals' receivers were not up to the task, but Hoyer still made good, accurate throws to at least give his receivers a chance to fight for the ball. Hoyer worked through his progressions and, for the most part, didn't make any awful throws. That has to be considered a good thing seeing as Hoyer is the 4th string quarterback. In the 1st quarter, the Cardinals were even able to create a bit of offensive rhythm behind Hoyer's quick throws in the short passing game. Unfortunately, even when the Cardinals generated offense, their drives eventually stalled due to an ineffective running game and receivers that simply could not beat coverage. The only receiver that seemed willing to fight for the ball and fight away from coverage was Michael Floyd, and Hoyer threw to the rookie so often he had more targets than all the other wide receivers combined. On one play in particular, Hoyer delivered a good long ball down the right side and Floyd was able to beat his man and elevate for the pass. But with Hoyer forced to throw in to tight windows on most every play, the 49ers were able to take advantage on a play that really had no chance. Fitzgerald was double covered on a corner route, with a corner beneath and a safety above, and Hoyer threw in to a window that closed too quickly. Tarell Brown was able to undercut the throw easily for Hoyer's lone interception. Even with that failure, Hoyer did not stop force feeding the ball to tight windows and Hoyer began to throw deep balls to Floyd exclusively. On one play in the 4th quarter, Hoyer bombed a throw down the right sideline as Floyd gained separation with a double move. The ball landed over the corner's shoulder and in to the wide receiver's gut for a long gain. With the game all but over, Hoyer made a great throw on 4th and 24, delivering a ball to a covered Floyd in the corner of the end zone, but Floyd was able to adjust, locating the ball and beating his corner for the Cardinals' only touchdown of the day.
2010 Week 17 vs MIA (7 / 13 / 122 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Immediately you can tell a difference just in how Hoyer is unprepared and Brady is. Hoyer had to call a timeout on his 1st drive in the game; Brady typically saves all of his for the final 3 minutes in both the 1st and 2nd half. Hoyer made some good plays and eventually started settling in and hitting his guys for chunks of yards. He hit Brandon Tate on a long pass play for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter that made the score 38-0 at that point. Hoyer is developing but he has a ways to go.
2009 Week 6 vs TEN (9 / 11 / 52 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / -2 / 1 rush)
Hoyer, a rookie free agent out of Michigan State, saw his first regular season action and completed a respectable 9 passes in 11 attempts against the Titans. Hoyer was quick to adapt to the chilly conditions. He completed his first pass for a first down on 2nd and 10 and then completed his next 3 throws before sneaking the ball in for a touchdown from the Tennessee 1. Most of Hoyer's throws were on short routes outside of the hashmarks. While he certainly has a long way to go before being compared to Tom Brady, Hoyer's debut demonstrated that the Patriots may have an able signal caller backing up their All-Pro starter.
2009 Week 7 vs TB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
Hoyer replaced Brady late in the game. He showed a knack for avoiding the sack, and made a big gain on a scramble up the middle. He did not have much of an opportunity to showcase his skills, given the ultra conservative play calling. They called a run play on 3rd and 9, for example.
2009 Week 12 vs NO (2 / 4 / 19 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Hoyer got in the game when the Pats fell behind by 21, but didn't do anything of note.
2009 Week 17 vs HOU (8 / 12 / 71 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Hoyer came in to relieve Tom Brady twice against the Texans and wasn't nearly as woeful as the highlights show. He finished the day 8 for 12 for 71 yards. However, on the Patriots last possession he was unable to move the ball and the Texans were able to run out the clock. Hoyer finished the season with 142 passing yards, one rushing touchdown, and zero interceptions.