Brian Hoyer: I don’t think I’d still be here if I wasn’t a good player

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Quarter Brian Hoyer, at 36 years of age, is expected to get his 40th career start against the Packers on Sunday, replacing injured Patriots starter Mac Jones. For Hoyer, it’s no different than any other week.

“My approach is the same always,” Hoyer told reporters on Wednesday. “Whether I get reps or I don’t get reps, you always got to be ready to play. As we saw on Sunday, you’re only one play away. I mean, that was the last offensive play of the game [when Jones was injured}, so it didn’t really come up that day. But, it’s the nature of your job and the business that we’re in. Always try to be as prepared as I can, whether I’m taking every rep in practice or I’m taking none. It’s just a day-by-day process and how we’re handling it and go from there.”

At one point, a reporter pointed out that Hoyer is still a good player.

Said Hoyer: “I don’t think I’d still be here if I wasn’t, so. . . .”

Jones could still play despite a reported high-ankle sprain. For now, Hoyer is taking the first-team reps at practice, in place of Jones.

“I mean, I did this two Thursdays ago, too,” Hoyer said, in reference to a Thursday practice Jones missed due to illness. “Practiced and ran the whole practice. For me, it’s fun. To be able to get out there and take some reps with those guys, maybe I haven’t done since training camp. I enjoy it. You know, go through and prepare to play, and see how it goes.”

If Hoyer plays, it will be his first start in nearly two years. Replacing Cam Newton (who had COVID) against the Chiefs, Hoyer made a couple of key mistakes against the Chiefs before being replaced by Jarrett Stidham. Hoyer was asked whether he’s anxious to erase that memory.

“I mean look, I’ve played for 14 years,” Hoyer said, “I have a lot of bad memories. I have a lot of good memories, too. One game doesn’t define me, one play doesn’t define me. I’m excited for any opportunity I get to go play. I really could care less about that.”

For now, all he cares about is enjoying the moment.

“At this point, you don’t know how many chances like this you get anymore,” Hoyer said. “So, obviously, it’s a part of the job. You’re always ready to play. So, for me, it’s an opportunity to go out there and have fun, and go out and execute really. Have fun. I really love my teammates, what they do, how hard they work. So an opportunity to go out there and play with those guys.”

That opportunity comes at Lambeau Field, a rare chance for Hoyer to play there.

“Anytime you get a chance to play at Lambeau, I think that’s a pretty cool experience there,” Hoyer said. “I heard Devin [McCourty] talking about it. It’s a historic place. A historic organization. . . . It’s a great opportunity. Anytime you get to go in there and play. They’re obviously a great team. They have gone deep in the playoffs for however many years. They have a great quarterback in Aaron [Rodgers]. Their defense, you look all around, they’re very solid. Whether it’s the D-line, the linebackers, the defensive backs. It’s a unique challenge. I think I heard today they’re like 13-2 in their last 15 home games. So it’s obviously a hostile environment to go into. But it’s always a great opportunity to see where you’re at too.”

The Patriots currently are at 1-2. It will require a great effort from everyone — including Hoyer or Jones or whoever plays quarterback — to avoid falling to 1-3.

14 responses to “Brian Hoyer: I don’t think I’d still be here if I wasn’t a good player

  1. If you were to rate the QBs in the AFC East it would look like

    Allen
    Tagovailoa
    Bridgewater
    Flaco
    Jones
    Wilson
    Keenum

    Before you got to Brian Hoyer

  2. Matt Patricia is there… Does anyone think he’s a good coach?
    _______________
    He looks mean and the pencil finishes it nicely.

  3. Prove it Hoyer. Seriously. We all remember the egg you laid in 2020. So prove it. The team and fans need it from you.

  4. Hes there because of his value as a defacto coach and mentor, not for being a great qb. And this week he is basically the fodder being thrown at a team that is going to run us over no matter who is a qb.

  5. knn9413 says:
    September 28, 2022 at 8:13 pm
    They will fall to 1-3. Even Pats fans including me can see they are middle of the pack at best.
    ————————————————————————————-
    Didn’t the lowly 2021 Jags skunk the Colts 24-0 in week 18 last season? And didn’t the 2023 Colts lose badly during week 2 this season only to comeback and beat KC in week 3?
    I’m not predicting a NE win over GB, they can easily lose.
    I’m simply pointing out that if they can manage to play a high caliber game they are capable of beating GB this week. So don’t sell them short just yet.

  6. daddeeo says:
    September 28, 2022 at 10:59 pm
    Prove it Hoyer. Seriously. We all remember the egg you laid in 2020. So prove it. The team and fans need it from you.


    Funny that Patriots really were within 3 points of the Chiefs in that game in the 4th quarter before the bottom fell out.

  7. 1dayatatime says:
    September 29, 2022 at 9:25 am
    knn9413 says:
    September 28, 2022 at 8:13 pm
    They will fall to 1-3. Even Pats fans including me can see they are middle of the pack at best.
    ————————————————————————————-
    Didn’t the lowly 2021 Jags skunk the Colts 24-0 in week 18 last season? And didn’t the 2023 Colts lose badly during week 2 this season only to comeback and beat KC in week 3?
    I’m not predicting a NE win over GB, they can easily lose.
    I’m simply pointing out that if they can manage to play a high caliber game they are capable of beating GB this week. So don’t sell them short just yet.

    ————

    That was 2022. 2 weeks ago. And 2023 hasn’t happened yet.

  8. I was pleasantly surprised with what Hoyer did in KC in 2020 until the last 2 minutes of the half. They were in position to go into the second half with a lead, and then disaster struck. I’ve seen flashes from him in the past when he started elsewhere. He is very motivated to play well, knowing this could be his last NFL experience. Reports in training camp were he was running the offense better than Mac at times. I won’t be shocked if he plays well and the players respond to him.

  9. daddeeo says:
    September 28, 2022 at 10:59 pm
    Prove it Hoyer. Seriously. We all remember the egg you laid in 2020. So prove it. The team and fans need it from you.
    ————
    Don’t know if I’d call that laying an egg. That was a backup QB with literally no practice or preparation for a game playing exactly like a backup QB with literally no practice or preparation for that game.

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