Brian Hoyer waited six years while serving as a backup quarterback for the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals before finally getting his chance to be a starter in the NFL.
And as far as he’s concerned, Hoyer doesn’t expect to lose that title just because of a knee injury.
“My goal is to be the starting quarterback again,” Hoyer said, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “That’s what every day I come in here and work towards, and it’s definitely a motivation for me.”
Hoyer replaced Brandon Weeden as Cleveland’s starting quarterback in Week 3 after two losses in dismal offensive performances against the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens. The Browns scored just 16 points combined in those two games before Hoyer took the helm.
With Hoyer as the starter, the Browns were 3-0 and averaged 28 points per game over that span. But Hoyer tore his ACL against the Buffalo Bills and was lost for the rest of the season. Hoyer says he’s progressing and believes he can take part in the team’s offseason conditioning program beginning in April.
However, the staff that brought Hoyer in and gave him the opportunity is no longer in place. General manager Michael Lombardi and head coach Rob Chudzinski both were fired and replaced by Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine.
Pettine believes Hoyer is “a winner” and that should give him a chance to compete once again for the starting job. But if the Browns use one of their two first-round picks on a quarterback, Hoyer will have a battle on his hands.