A 13-year veteran, Hoyer served as Tom Brady’s backup from 2009-11. He returned to New England through the 2017 season and remained with the Patriots via the workforce’s 2018 championship run. After one yr in Indianapolis, Hoyer returned to the Patriots in 2020, the place he made his first profession begin for New England.
Hoyer is becoming a member of a crowded quarterback room in New England that at the moment consists of rookie Mac Jones, veteran Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham. Newton, the workforce’s starter final season, had extra landing runs (11) than landing passes (eight) through the 2020 marketing campaign. The one different quarterback to start out for the Patriots final season was Hoyer, who went 15 of 24 for 130 yards with an interception in New England’s Week 4 loss to the Chiefs.
The previous Michigan State Spartan has moreover frolicked in Arizona (2012), Cleveland (2012-14), Houston (2015), Chicago (2016) and San Francisco (2017). His most profitable stint as a starter befell in his hometown of Cleveland, the place he posted a 10-6 report. Hoyer went 7-6 because the Browns‘ starter in 2014 whereas throwing for a career-high 3,326 yards. The next season (his solely season with the Texans), Hoyer went 5-4 as a starter whereas throwing a career-high 19 touchdowns. Hoyer’s success in Cleveland and Houston didn’t switch to Chicago, nevertheless, the place he went 1-4 because the Bears‘ starter in 2016. He was launched the next season after dropping every of his six begins with the 49ers.
Hoyer was a useful teammate for Brady, whom he backed up throughout Brady’s sixth and closing Tremendous Bowl run with the Patriots. Brady expressed his affection for Hoyer after the Patriots launched him simply earlier than the beginning of the 2019 season.
“He has been an excellent pal ever since he got here to our workforce in 2009,” Brady informed WEEI, through Bleacher Report’s Kyle Newport. “I all the time stored in contact with him. When he got here again two seasons in the past we picked up proper the place he left off. He added a lot to our assembly room. I had a lot belief and confidence within the issues that he noticed. He additionally had been uncovered to a variety of totally different offensive methods so he introduced some totally different data — how folks ran totally different offenses and so forth. He all the time supplied nice perception and nice management.
“It’s totally troublesome to see your folks get launched and that was actually no totally different. It is a part of what occurs within the NFL. I’ll by no means get used to it. I do know that any workforce that Brian is on is a greater workforce for having him.”