Longtime NFL veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer signed a new contract with the New England Patriots. Hoyer spent the 2020 season with the New England Patriots but has also played for the Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, and Chicago Bears.
Patriots are signing veteran QB Brian Hoyer to a one-year deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 18, 2021
Brian Hoyer, New England Patriots, Agree to Contract
Hoyer initially signed with the Patriots back in March to compete with Jarrett Stidham for the starting job. However, Cam Newton immediately won the starting job upon signing and Hoyer and Stidham spent the rest of the offseason battling for the backup position. Hoyer initially won said competition, and even earned a start in Week 4. It didn’t go well, as Hoyer completed 15 of his 24 attempts for 130 yards, no touchdowns, one interception, and another lost fumble. Jarrett Stidham took over later in the game and kept the backup job for the remainder of the season.
Hoyer initially entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent back in 2009. Signing with the New England Patriots following the NFL Draft, Hoyer overcame the odds and earned the job as Tom Brady’s primary backup. Over the next three seasons, Hoyer completed 27 of his 43 passes for 286 yards, one touchdown, and one interception while playing in relief of Brady.
Hoyer lost out on the backup quarterback job in 2012 to third-round pick Ryan Mallett. After spending the early part of the season on the streets, Hoyer eventually landed with the Arizona Cardinals. He then joined the Cleveland Browns for the 2013-2014 seasons, going a combined 10-6 when at the helm. However, Cleveland moved on after two season and Hoyer spent the next three years starting games for the Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, and San Francisco 49ers.
Hoyer eventually made his way back to the New England Patriots midway through the 2017 campaign. Signed after the team traded away Jimmy Garoppolo, Hoyer remained New England’s primary backup through 2018 and played a large role in creating the gameplan that slow down Jared Goff in Super Bowl LIII.
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