Patriots sign Brian Hoyer to 53-man roster

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Brian Hoyer continues to be a yo-yo, a ping-pong ball.

Currently, he’s back on the New England roster. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports that Hoyer has signed a one-year deal with the Patriots.

Last week, the Patriots used the prerogative to elevate Hoyer from the practice squad to the roster for the Week One game against the Dolphins, with Hoyer immediately reverting to the practice squad after the game. Now, he’s officially on the active roster.

It ultimately doesn’t mean much. He could (and probably will) be cut again and then re-signed, to the active roster or the practice squad. It’s just one of the games creative coaches can play in order to have, as a practical matter, more than 53 guys on the team.

Since Hoyer is a vested veteran, the Patriots can play the cut, sign, re-cut, re-sign, cut again, sign again game with Hoyer until the trade deadline. After that, he’ll be subject to waivers any time he’s released from the 53-man roster.

9 responses to “Patriots sign Brian Hoyer to 53-man roster

  1. Hoyer is who he is, a career backup who knows that his value to the Pats is greater than to other teams because he is familiar with the Pats complex offensive scheme even if his execution is only okay. He’ll give them a chance to win a few games while the starter is out but isn’t going to get you to the SB. For the Pats, Hoyer is an inexpensive backup willing to bounce between active roster, practice squad and being cut over and over again. The best ability is availability and this works out for both Hoyer and the Pats.

  2. Hoyer will be a coach at some point. His real value is mentoring younger players that have more talent than he does but not his knowledge and experience. He has been put into that role enough times for me to think he is very good and helpful at it.

  3. I wonder just exactly how much $$$ Hoyer has made in his career being a backup to the backup and as a career practice squad player? I’m sure he’s going to retire very comfortably.

  4. Although Hoyer’s never excelled as a starting QB, from what I’ve read he’s quite talented on the practice field and imitate opposing quarterbacks to a T.

  5. I wonder just exactly how much $$$ Hoyer has made in his career being a backup to the backup and as a career practice squad player? I’m sure he’s going to retire very comfortably.

    Hoyer around 28M, trails Tom Brady 298M career earnings.

  6. Hoyer is a career backup but he did have a pretty good starting run for awhile until he was injured.

  7. These kind of shenanigans can only happen in the B.S. reality of the NFL. You never hear of a CEO or company owner hiring an executive, then demoting him to the mail room ( if such a thing exists today still), then firing him only to rehire the person back into his office to be demoted and fired again over and over…

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