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John Fox: Brian Hoyer could keep Bears’ QB job


Chicago Bears coach John Fox sent a clear warning to Jay Cutler about his future with the organization.

Fox told reporters on Monday that he doesn’t see any reason why he should bench quarterback Brian Hoyer if he’s performing well.

That means that if Hoyer does the job, Cutler might have to sit when he returns from injury. He already seemed to be having some issues even before the thumb issue came up. There is definitely some doubt over his future with the team now.

Brian Hoyer reportedly meets with Broncos for dinner

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Brian Hoyer continued his free agency tour on Wednesday with a dinner meeting with the Denver Broncos.

9 News in Denver’s Mike Klis reported the news.

The meeting between the sides comes as no surprise as reporter Adam Caplan also said Wednesday Hoyer planned to visit with the Broncos.

Hoyer was released by the Texans on Sunday and already has had plenty of interest. He met with the Jets, who are looking for options in case they are unable to get Ryan Fitzpatrick under contract. The Steelers and Cowboys are also said to have interest in the former Houston QB.

Hoyer, 30, went from being a backup with the Patriots to starting the past two seasons. He threw for 3,334 yards in 2014 with the Browns, and he looked even better last season, passing for 2,606 yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions. However, Hoyer completely bombed in the playoffs, throwing four interceptions in a loss to the Chiefs.

If you look beyond the poor playoff start, you’ll see a quarterback who has shown he can keep a team competitive in regular season NFL games and produce wins. Hoyer is a competent starting option and a well above average backup QB.

Brian Hoyer reportedly visiting with Jets

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Add the New York Jets to the list of teams that have interest in free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer.

Pro Football Talk is reporting that Hoyer is scheduled to visit with the Jets on Tuesday. Hoyer, who was released by the Houston Texans over the weekend, drew interest from the Jets when he was a free agent last offseason, but they ended up trading for Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick and the Jets have yet to make significant progress toward reaching a new deal. Since their best option is currently Geno Smith, the Jets could be interested in Hoyer as a starter, veteran backup, or bargaining chip in contract talks with Fitzpatrick. A report recently indicated that the two sides are unlikely to get anything done before the draft.

New York is also said to be eyeing trade possibilities as they remain in a stalemate with Fitzpatrick. While Fitzpatrick is reportedly seeking starter money and the Jets have only offered to pay him like a backup, its clear no other teams have offered the 33-year-old veteran anything worthwhile.

Report: Cowboys interested in Brian Hoyer ‘at the right price’

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The Dallas Cowboys are in need of a veteran backup quarterback, and Brian Hoyer could be the answer.

Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Cowboys would have interest in Hoyer “at the right price.” However, it seems likely that the 30-year-old could get more money elsewhere than what Dallas is willing to pay.

Hoyer, who was released by the Houston Texans over the weekend, appeared in 11 games last season and 14 with the Cleveland Browns in 2014. Kellen Moore and Jameill Showers are the only quarterbacks currently on the Cowboys’ roster behind Tony Romo, and they have a combined three games of experience.

As Williams notes, Dallas chose not to sign Colt McCoy or Chase Daniel when they were free agents earlier this offseason. McCoy received $9 million over three years to stay with the Washington Redskins, while Daniel signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles that includes $12 million guarantee. Hoyer will likely be seeking something that is valued between those two deals.

The Cowboys did very little right while Romo sat out with injuries last year. They ended up releasing Brandon Weeden, and Moore went 0-2 in his two starts and threw four touchdowns and six interceptions.

With multiple teams reportedly interested in Hoyer, the Cowboys will not exactly be able to get him at a bargain. Unless they really like him, they might end up passing.

Texans release Brian Hoyer, Steelers reportedly interested

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Brian Hoyer is officially out in Houston.

In a move that comes as no surprise, Hoyer was released by the Texans on Sunday. It doesn’t sound as if he’ll be unemployed for very long, with the Pittsburgh Steelers said to have interest.

Hoyer became expendable when Houston landed Brock Osweiler in March. He has plenty of starting experience, having been Cleveland’s primary starter in 2014 and starting down the stretch for a playoff team in Houston in 2015. Of course, the less said about the playoff game, the better.

The Steelers are looking for a quality backup, and Hoyer would fit that bill. However, expect him to wait a bit to see if he can find a landing spot where he’ll have a chance to compete for a starting job. At least one team in need of a quarterback may have interest in him.

Report: Jets have interest in Brian Hoyer

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The New York Jets are reportedly interested in acquiring Brian Hoyer.

Hoyer, who is still under contract with the Texans, is likely going to be released or become available via trade now that Houston has signed Brock Osweiler. According to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, the Jets are keeping an eye on the 30-year-old veteran.

Hoyer wants an opportunity to start somewhere, so the Jets’ interest in him could depend on what happens with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Cole is also reporting that New York is “holding the line” on paying Fitzpatrick, who is seeking roughly $16 million per year. The Jets seemingly have no interest in paying him anything close to that.

The Broncos could also have interest in Hoyer, as they are running out of options and are unlikely to lure their top target to Denver.

Ultimately, the Jets are hoping that Fitzpatrick will lower his asking price. The 33-year-old had the team within one game of a playoff appearance last season. He is clearly the best option.

Brian Hoyer reportedly loves Bill O’Brien, wants to stay with Texans

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Brian Hoyer could be an option for quarterback-needy NFL teams, but it sounds like he is content remaining with the Houston Texans.

NFL Media’s Rand Getlin reports that Hoyer loves playing for Bill O’Brien and does not intend on leaving Houston.

Hoyer is under contract with the Texans for 2016 and set to earn $5.25 million. Following the Brock Osweiler signing, he is slated to serve as the team’s backup, so that price is a little high for the position. That explains why recent reports have said the Texans are expected to part ways with Hoyer.

Hoyer threw for 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions last season. He was a disaster in the playoffs, but he could provide some strong trade value. If I’m the Jets, I would view Hoyer as a solid alternative to Ryan Fitzpatrick, who may end up leaving the team.

Bill O’Brien says he did not consider benching Brian Hoyer

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Bill O’Brien says he did not consider benching Brian Hoyer despite the quarterback having an awful game against the Kansas Chiefs in the playoffs on Saturday.

Hoyer went 15-of-34 for 136 yards, four interceptions, and a fumble in the Houston Texans’ 30-0 defeat. He threw an interception at the goal line, and his five turnovers prevented the Texans from having a shot at winning the game.

Even though Hoyer was terrible and his poor play was apparent from the start, O’Brien says he did not think about benching the quarterback.

“I did not consider that. I felt like sticking with him was the right thing to do,” O’Brien said after the game.

Houston had another option at quarterback in Brandon Weeden. The former Cowboys backup was picked up by the Texans in December and went 2-0 in two starts, throwing for three touchdowns and no interceptions in those games.

Why didn’t O’Brien try Weeden?

Hoyer, who otherwise had a very solid season for the Texans, was quite disappointed with himself for his performance.

“I picked the wrong time to have the worst game,” he said after the game. “It’s tough. Own up to it and learn from it. Embarassing.”

Hoyer threw for 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions on the season, while the team went 5-7 in games he played (he did split action early in the season with Ryan Mallett), including the playoffs. While Hoyer was good enough to use a spectacular defense and get his team to the playoffs, his terrible game on Saturday has to give the Texans reason to question whether they can enter next season with him as their starting quarterback.

Brian Hoyer suffered concussion; TJ Yates preparing to start


Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer reportedly suffered a concussion during Sunday night’s loss to the New England Patriots.

This would be Hoyer’s second head injury in less than a month, as he missed Houston’s Nov. 22 game against the New York Jets after suffering a concussion during a win over the Cincinnati Bengals the week before.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Texans are preparing for backup QB TJ Yates to make another start next weekend.

Hoyer was sacked five times Sunday night and met with the training staff on the sideline several times. He has been diagnosed with four concussions in his career dating back to high school, and the latest would be Hoyer’s fifth.

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Brian Hoyer ‘shocked’ Johnny Manziel is in rehab

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer did not see Johnny Manziel’s trip to rehab coming.

Hoyer, who lost his job to Manziel only to watch the rookie embarrass himself and then suffer a season-ending injury, said over the weekend that he was “shocked” to hear that Manziel checked himself into a treatment program.

“You spend a lot of hours together (and) I never thought it would be anywhere close to where he’s at now,” Hoyer said, per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I don’t know the situation. We had a group message amongst the quarterbacks and stuff. Even up to a few weeks ago Johnny was a part of that and then I found the news out probably the same day all of you did. I was kind of shocked about it.”

Hoyer praised Manziel for making a “mature” decision that could potentially get the rookie’s career back on track.

“If he decided that’s what he needs, I think that’s a big step and very mature of him to be able to do that,” he added. “For all that’s surrounding him — the media, the hype, all that stuff — for him to be able to take those steps, I think that shows he cares about himself and if you read the statement his family, his teammates and the Cleveland Browns, I wish him the best.”

Hoyer is set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 10, and many felt he would be all but certain to leave the Browns as they look to turn things over to Manziel. Given some of the recent reports we have heard about Manziel and the fact that he is in rehab, Cleveland’s quarterback situation remains as muddled as ever.

When asked about a report from during the season that indicated Hoyer would not re-sign with the Browns if Manziel was still there, Hoyer issued another denial.

“(Battling for the QB job is) something I’ve already done once,” Hoyer said. “I’m not afraid of doing it twice. For me, I’ve never shied away from any competition, whether it was here or whether it was in New England to fight for the backup job or wherever it may be. Like I said, that will all go into consideration for when I make that decision, but it’s not something that’s going to keep me from staying here. I know that that’s been put out there that I won’t come back here if Johnny’s here. That’s not true.”

Hoyer didn’t play well down the stretch, so there aren’t going to be many — if any — teams that would sign him and hand him a starting job. We all know at one point that Manziel thought he could do Hoyer’s job better than Hoyer could (here is proof), but that didn’t work out for the former Texas A&M star. If Hoyer re-signs in Cleveland, there will likely be another open competition.