Report: Patriots re-signing Brian Hoyer

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The Patriots are re-signing veteran Brian Hoyer, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports.

It could make Jarrett Stidham the odd-man out.

The Patriots drafted Mac Jones with the 15th overall choice after re-signing starter Cam Newton in free agency.

Hoyer, who visited the Jets last month, has had three other stints in New England. He was with the Patriots from 2009-11, 2017-18 and 2020.

Hoyer started one game last season while Newton was on the COVID-19 reserve list. He was pulled for Stidham during that game and fell to the third spot on the depth chart over the rest of the season.

Hoyer has started 39 games for seven teams since entering the league in 2009.

59 responses to “Report: Patriots re-signing Brian Hoyer

  1. How does this guy still keep getting contracts? He’s been the worst QB in the league since his 5 turnover performance in the playoffs with Houston.

  2. It could make Jarrett Stidham the odd-man out.

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    Or Cam Newton if he loses his job to Mac Jones.

    Really doubtful that Cam will be sticking around to mentor Mac Jones if he gets beaten for his job in camp. Hoyer is more than able to do that.

  3. Signing is not keeping…..having robust competition for the backup & 3rd spot is needed. The top spot will be Newtons until the Mac attack is bonafide & ready to go. Then it’s Mac, Newton, & ?

  4. Stidham isn’t the odd man out that would be Cam, and it will happen during preseason if he looks anything like last year

  5. Honestly its really hard to judge if he is really any good from the non talent we had last year at the receiver/tight end positions. But I’m guessing he’s signed for his knowledge of the offense for qb room.

  6. Oh for cryin’ out loud. Hoyer played one game last year, demonstrated he can;t even handle the mental side of it and was utterly useless. Stidham must truly suck if this is the decision they are going with.

  7. I’m guessing Stidham asked to be traded or released….OR the kid is just mentally clueless & can’t grasp the system….I can see no other reason to bring back a washed up Hoyer, NONE AT ALL

  8. This signing makes little sense since Stidham, on a very affordable contract, eclipsed Hoyer last year as the #2 quarterback. Could it mean that Cam will be moving on?

  9. This should shut down the annual Jimmy Garoppolo chatter for the year.

  10. As a coach? Because this move makes no sense. Surely, he’s more of a camp arm at this point than a legit backup.

  11. There’s a roster move that strikes fear into the hearts of the rest of the NFL.

  12. Although it’s easy to view this move as insignificant, there’s a purpose to it. The Patriots didn’t sign Hoyer to compete for the staring job (obviously), and when it comes to actually getting any playing time he’s strictly a “break glass in case of emergency” option. However, Hoyer has been proven (and applauded by Belichick) for his ability to run the scout team. If indeed the ship has sailed on Stidham, Hoyer is a solid #3 option. He can run the scout team (and there’s a pretty big game week four they might value that) without relying on (or confusing) Mac Jones. This allows them to let Jones make the most of his limited reps (assuming Cam starts), and Hoyer can worry about being a camp arm and leading the scout team.

  13. Stidham doesn’t belong in the NFL… More likely that Cam has a resurgence than Stid throws more TDs then INTs in a single game EVER.

  14. Stidham doesn’t belong in the NFL… More likely that Cam has a resurgence than Stid throws more TDs than INTs in a single game EVER.

  15. Just more proof that Bill Belichick is playing multi-level, inter-dimensional chess while the rest of the league is playing with Legos.

  16. Over the years ahoyer has proven himself to be a decent scout team QB. Which is. Always nice to have someone who can mimic an upcom8ng opponent.

  17. Hoyer’s going to be a good coach one day. He’s learned like 10 different offenses, has a good reputation with players and knows everyone in the NFL. Next 5-8 years he’ll be a head coach

  18. Bill brought him in so Hoyer could show the rookie how to take a good old fashion butt chewing from the coach. After he sees what Hoyer gets then he will realize it is not personal. That is why Bill drafted him because coach Saban broke him and now Bill will polish him off.

  19. Should bring back TB12,otherwise it’s another 40 years of mediocrity for this franchise..what about Doug Flutie???

  20. If Belichick is so inconsequential now, according to his detractors, why would such a pedestrian roster move get more than a fleeting reference?

    Most have a better chance of understanding the biblical concept of a Holy Trinity than why Bill resigned Hoyer.

    That said, goodelisaclown has an interesting theory which goes hand in glove with Belichick’s knack for detailed preparation. He actually places importance on the Scout Team. To those of you who doubt it, Bill first praised Brady for his Scout Team leadership when there were four QBs on the roster. Maybe he’s sending a message to Jones that you have to earn running the Scout Team.

  21. “However, Hoyer has been proven (and applauded by Belichick) for his ability to run the scout team.”

    That is a real stretch. Any QB on any team should be able to run the scout team.

  22. Perhaps BB brought him in to eventually become a QB coach.
    Otherwise Cam Newton will be the odd man out.
    Mac Jones will be the starter with Hoyer the back up
    Cam will be gone

  23. Ah, I figured it out…. The NFL/covid requirements for teams with OVER 80 & up to the full 90 players on the roster REQUIRES the team to split up its practice sessions to 40-45 each so they need another arm to throw so no big deal…..camp body, 2 QB’ per each grouping

  24. I guess it’s the only system he knows. Good luck to him. My favorite “bounce around” QB was Doug Flutie.

  25. Mac Jones will be ready to go for this team by the time training camp is out.

  26. maximusintoxicus says:
    May 18, 2021 at 9:18 am

    I guess it’s the only system he knows. Good luck to him. My favorite “bounce around” QB was Doug Flutie.
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    This would be a good topic for discussion. I liked Bruce Gradkowski. Never more than 2 seasons in the same place but still started 20 of his 37 games.

    Jeff Garcia was great too.

  27. There was a certain Jets fan poorly masqueraded as a Pats fan that told us “a high school QB” could run Belichick’s magic system for years.

    That was hilarious.

  28. maximusintoxicus says:
    May 18, 2021 at 9:18 am
    I guess it’s the only system he knows. Good luck to him. My favorite “bounce around” QB was Doug Flutie.

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    Doug blacklisted himself when he played with the replacement players during the strike. He was exciting to watch. He was a winner.

  29. Belichick will NEVER start a rookie qb, so anyone on here claiming Mac Jones will be the starter has zero clue. Unless Cam gets hurt in TC, he will be the starter. Add that the people who go on with this Jones comparison to Brady have lost their minds and they just need to stop. I want Jones to succeed, but comparing him to Brady will not help. Brady is an enigma, once in a lifetime, best to evah play the position and its not even close, so stop the comparisons. As for Newton, it would be nice to see him actually be able to throw the ball this season and allow the Pats to be competitive while bringing Mac Jones along slowly. Hoyer is for TC and maybe allows them to trade Stidham for something?

  30. “Really doubtful that Cam will be sticking around to mentor Mac Jones if he gets beaten for his job in camp. Hoyer is more than able to do that.”
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    That would pre-suppose Cam had other options. But who is going to bring Cam in if he loses out in camp? Most teams will have their QB situation settled by then. And for better or worse Cam is a known commodity whereas Stidham is still a development project. And with Jones on the team what role does Stidham fill? He’s not trusted to actually play and he’s not the heir apparent. He has no role.

  31. mackcarrington says:
    May 18, 2021 at 2:36 am
    Just more proof that Bill Belichick is playing multi-level, inter-dimensional chess while the rest of the league is playing with Legos.

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    Yeah his record last year showed that. The guy signed a 4th Qb when the roster limit is what, 90? This isn’t chess versus checkers and frankly isn’t much of a story unless you are reading between the lines on Stidham. Kills me how Pats fans will look to anything to try to find genius. Maybe today he’ll get a decaf coffee and outthink everyone there too.

  32. All moot as they will continue to remain sub .500 post Brady just as BB was pre-Brady.

  33. nhpats2011 says:
    May 17, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    But somebody assured us Stidham was the next Brady…but even better!
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    I’m glad somebody besides myself is calling him out and all of his supposed genius.

  34. redclaw1314 says:
    May 17, 2021 at 10:25 pm
    This signing makes little sense since Stidham, on a very affordable contract, eclipsed Hoyer last year as the #2 quarterback. Could it mean that Cam will be moving on?

    28 17 Rate This

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    Some people have iq’s over 100 and some are mouthbreathers who follow everything internet media trolls say.

    Kinda funny people think a guy who beat out Hoyer as a rookie as the only back up is a worse future investmenr than Brian Hoyer. It’s actually very funny.

    Hoyer’s value in the room = greater than Dolegala. Not much more to say.

  35. If the Patriots want to make a playoff run this year and I think that’s the goal based on the offseason so far….then Mac has to be their guy. Not going to say he’s going to light the league on fire but he has a chance to be in the top two in this rookie class and that’s a good place to be.

  36. Actually gives the Pats an advantage of sorts: Hoyer, Stidham and Newton have all been in the system and know the offense. They can focus on execution at the QB position and a lot less on learning the offense. Teams with a new (switched) QB or multiple rookies have players in that critical position still learning the system. It was one advantage of having Brady – 20 years in the same offense.

  37. Cam will be starting this year. Hoyer is a great backup signing, nothing to see here.

  38. Hoyer is here to help teach Mac the actual Patriots system, which Cam doesn’t know and cannot execute. Cam can teach Mac how to be a pro, take care of himself, toughness, leadership, and all that, but Cam is prob 20 pages short of the actual New England offense. Hoyer may not be able to execute it very well anymore, but he certainly knows it and can coach Mac in that way.

  39. Chill_Mickelson says:
    May 18, 2021 at 11:18 am
    All moot as they will continue to remain sub .500 post Brady just as BB was pre-Brady.

    6 7 Rate This

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    BB is 21-15 without Brady and qbs i
    of his choosing and was forced to sign Newton during a pandemic. Not too shabby.

    You can keep stating the same lies over and over if you wish. They are still lies.

  40. wintercoates87 says:
    May 18, 2021 at 10:52 am
    Nothing says Superbowl run like Brian Hoyer.

    4 1 Rate This

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    He was praised for his scout work for sb 53. They won even though Brady wasn’t very good on his end.

    Man, it’s embarrassing that you’re a Pats fan with how little you know. Newton can’t even read a D or throw a football to a wide open guy.

  41. notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    May 18, 2021 at 8:32 am
    “However, Hoyer has been proven (and applauded by Belichick) for his ability to run the scout team.”

    That is a real stretch. Any QB on any team should be able to run the scout team.

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    And this is why BB is a legend and blog commenters are just that. Commentors.

  42. touchback6 says:
    May 18, 2021 at 1:24 pm
    wintercoates87 says:
    May 18, 2021 at 10:52 am
    Nothing says Superbowl run like Brian Hoyer.

    4 1 Rate This

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    He was praised for his scout work for sb 53. They won even though Brady wasn’t very good on his end.

    Man, it’s embarrassing that you’re a Pats fan with how little you know. Newton can’t even read a D or throw a football to a wide open guy.

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    @T6 – I watched a special last night on the 1st Patriots SB against the Giants. You know, one of the games you claim Brady came up short. Despite the Pats defense coming up short in the 4th quarter, Brady marched the Pats down the field 68 yards for a TD to Moss to take a 4 point lead with 2:37 left in the game. And once again BB’s defense choked and the Pats lost. So tell us, how was it that Brady came up short here?

  43. ajg314 says:
    May 18, 2021 at 11:33 am
    nhpats2011 says:
    May 17, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    But somebody assured us Stidham was the next Brady…but even better!
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    I’m glad somebody besides myself is calling him out and all of his supposed genius.

    10 6 Rate This

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    Except no one ever said Stidham would have a better career than Brady, just that he was the lone back up in 2019 for a reason. Nor did anyone predict a pandemic for that matter.

    Lying is lying, even on a piddly board like this.

  44. If Mac Jones can’t beat out a washed up Cam Newton and clipboard holders Stidham and Hoyer then they have a BIG problem.

  45. @T6 – I watched a special last night on the 1st Patriots SB against the Giants. You know, one of the games you claim Brady came up short. Despite the Pats defense coming up short in the 4th quarter, Brady marched the Pats down the field 68 yards for a TD to Moss to take a 4 point lead with 2:37 left in the game. And once again BB’s defense choked and the Pats lost. So tell us, how was it that Brady came up short here?
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    Brady 82.5 QB rating in Super Bowl 42. That’s a dropoff of 35 points from his regular season rating. Can’t blame that rating on the defense unfortunately.

    Love me some Tommy but he wasn’t so good in this or the other Giants Super Bowl.

  46. @T6 – I watched a special last night on the 1st Patriots SB against the Giants. You know, one of the games you claim Brady came up short. Despite the Pats defense coming up short in the 4th quarter, Brady marched the Pats down the field 68 yards for a TD to Moss to take a 4 point lead with 2:37 left in the game. And once again BB’s defense choked and the Pats lost. So tell us, how was it that Brady came up short here?

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    Seriously? That NE team averaged 36 points per game….they scored 14 points in that Super Bowl. Brady was 29-48 for 220 yards and 1 td. He was sub-par the whole game. One late drive put them ahead. Then one of the luckiest plays in all of football history happens and you say the Pats defense collapsed. Amazing.

  47. Except no one ever said Stidham would have a better career than Brady, just that he was the lone back up in 2019 for a reason. Nor did anyone predict a pandemic for that matter.

    Lying is lying, even on a piddly board like this.
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    Why do you keep lying about Stidham being the lone back up in 2019? On September 25, 2019, Kessler signed with the New England Patriots after the game where Stidham was 1-3 passing with an INT against the Jets. On October 15, 2019, the Patriots released Kessler, but re-signed him on October 28 probably because Stidham isn’t all that good even with those amazing pre-season stats you love to brag about. On April 1, 2020, the Patriots again released Kessler. So how was Stidham the lone backup for the 2019 season? You think even a remedial Pats fan would know such a thing.

  48. “So how was Stidham the lone backup for the 2019 season? You think even a remedial Pats fan would know such a thing.”
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    There are knowledgeable fans and then there are “know it all” fans. One indeed knows what he/she is talking about while the other thinks they are smarter than everyone else but are constantly being proven to not be as smart as they’d like to think they are.

  49. @T6 – I watched a special last night on the 1st Patriots SB against the Giants. You know, one of the games you claim Brady came up short. Despite the Pats defense coming up short in the 4th quarter, Brady marched the Pats down the field 68 yards for a TD to Moss to take a 4 point lead with 2:37 left in the game. And once again BB’s defense choked and the Pats lost. So tell us, how was it that Brady came up short here?

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    That is not the way to argue with them, they either don’t remember what they said about their favorite QB or shamelessly amplify how Brady played when he struggled.

    You should simply ask them “Tell me what you said about Peyton?” then replace “Peyton” with “Brady”, that should be your answer to them.

  50. touchback6 says:
    May 18, 2021 at 1:21 pm

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    Incorrect, as a head coach, he had a losing record with Cleveland and was fired for that. He had a winning record ONLY while Brady was a Patriot.

  51. by the looks of these comments not many of you are aware that you also have to keep in mind that NFL coaches are restricted by the collective bargaining agreement to the amount of time they can personally spend coaching each player.

    Hoyer has no such restriction and has as much time in the system as any QB other that Brady

    With 90 players at camp they are on two football fields – mark my words Cam and Stidham will be on one field and Hoyer and Mac Jones will be on the other

    This is a brilliant move – Belichick playing chess AGAIN

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