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Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 10/13/1985 | Birthplace: Lakewood, OH, USA | Team: Houston | College: Michigan State | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 26/2 | Average Draft Position: 143.38
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Texans' Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett to split reps at QB during OTAs


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Texans quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett are expected to split first-team reps under center during offseason team activities this summer, according to the team's website.

"It's not new -- for me, it's kind of just getting back on the bike," Hoyer said Monday. "You learn to ride a bike and whether you don't ride it for a year or two, you can pick it up pretty quickly. There's some adjustments, especially with (George) Godsey being the offensive coordinator. It's been a great three weeks so far of getting re-acclimated and learning the nuances that he's kind of put his own spin on."

Hoyer threw for 3,326 yards with 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2014 with the Browns.

"For me, I'm kind of re-acclimating myself, so we're all kind of learning together," Hoyer said. "We've put a lot of extra work in after our workouts, whether it's going in the film room and looking at formations or going over concepts. I think that's really helped me and it's helped those guys, too. Especially in this offense, you're asked to do so much, so if you can do without thinking, it speeds up the process that much more."

Mallett threw for 400 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in three games for Houston before suffering a season-ending pectoral injury.


O'Brien happy with current QB situation with Texans


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Bill O'Brien expressed disdain for a question Thursday night inferring that the Texans are still seeking their franchise quarterback.

"You know, 'until we find our quarterback' like I just want to make sure that just personally I'm clear on that," he said via ESPN. "We feel really good about our quarterback position. To be honest with you, I'm a little tired of hearing that."

The thought of the Texans addressing the situation in the first round seems a bit far-fetched when considering that premier talents Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota were gone after two picks and no other top candidates were thought of that highly.

Houston is set to wage a competition between Ryan Mallett and free agent signing Brian Hoyer for the starting job. O'Brien is not complaining about that.

"These guys are in here competing," he said. "They're learning. They're doing a good job so far in the offseason workouts. We can't wait to get out there and start working with them."


Brian Hoyer signing with Texans for two years, $10 million


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/11/2015) Former Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will sign a two-year, $10 million deal with the Texans on Wednesday, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Hoyer will receive $4.75 million guaranteed, La Canfora said.

Hoyer will compete with Ryan Mallett to be Houston's starter. Hoyer, 29, completed 55.3 percent of his passes for 3,326 yards and 12 touchdowns with 13 interceptions in 14 games with Cleveland last season.

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Report: Texans on verge of trading Ryan Fitzpatrick to the Jets


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) The Jets are on the verge of trading for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in exchange for a late-round draft pick, reports the New York Daily News on Wednesday. A Fitzpatrick trade could happen as soon as free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer signs with the Texans.

Fitzpatrick has ties to Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey. He played under Gailey for three seasons with the Bills (2010-2012). He went 16-29 as a starter with 71 touchdowns and 67 turnovers under Gailey in Buffalo.

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Report: Texans release QB Thad Lewis


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/9/2015) The Texans released quarterback Thad Lewis, who did not play last season, reports ESPN.com. Houston has re-signed quarterback Ryan Mallett and is expected to sign quarterback Brian Hoyer on Tuesday.

Report: Jets to pursue QB Ryan Fitzpatrick if available


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/9/2015) With quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick looking like the odd man out in Houston, he will "jump to the top of the Jets' list after he's inevitably released," reports the New York Daily News. Fitzpatrick, 32, played for Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey in Buffalo.

Houston would clear $3.2 million in cap space by cutting Fitzpatrick. The Texans have re-signed quarterback Ryan Mallett and are said to be on the verge of signing quarterback Brian Hoyer, making Fitzpatrick expendable.


Report: Texans bring back QB Ryan Mallett


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/9/2015) The Texans re-signed quarterback Ryan Mallett to a two-year, $7 million deal, reports the Houston Chronicle. Mallett is expected to compete with Brian Hoyer, who is set to sign with Houston on Tuesday, the paper said.

The signings make quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick expendable. Releasing Fitzpatrick would free up $3.2 million in cap space, the paper noted.

Mallett threw for 400 yards in three games last season, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Both Mallett and Hoyer played for Texans coach Bill O'Brien when he was an offensive assistant with the Patriots.


Report: QB Brian Hoyer heading to Texans


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/9/2015) Free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer will sign with the Texans, reports NBC4 in Washington. Hoyer would compete for the starting job in Houston.

Hoyer started 13 games for the Browns last season, completing 55.3 percent of his throws for 3,326 yards and 12 touchdowns with 13 interceptions. The Jets also reportedly were interested in Hoyer, who is apparently reuniting with Texans coach Bill O'Brien.

Hoyer spent his first three seasons with the Patriots (2009-11). O'Brien served as New England's quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator during that time.

Houston is finalizing a deal to bring back quarterback Ryan Mallett, and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick remains under contract. Hoyer would have to beat out one or both for the starting role.


Report: Texans nearing deal with Ryan Mallett, also want Brian Hoyer


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) The Texans are nearing a deal with quarterback Ryan Mallett, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle

The Texans traded for Mallett before the start of the 2014 season with the former Arkansas standout entering the final year of his rookie deal. He only appeared in three games this past season due to a right pectoral injury that sidelined him the remainder of the year. 

In addition to Mallett, the Texans are also interested in signing free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer. Texans coach Bill O'Brien coached both Mallett and Hoyer when he was the offensive coordinator with the Patriots. 


Report: Jets interested in quarterback Brian Hoyer


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) The Jets are interested in potentially going after quarterback Brian Hoyer in free agency, reports the New York Daily News

Hoyer spent the past two seasons with the Browns and threw for 3,326 yards, 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2014. Hoyer likely won't re-sign with the Browns as Cleveland brought in quarterback Josh McCown earlier this offseason. 


Report: Texans zeroing in on former Browns QB Brian Hoyer


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) The Texans are eyeing former Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer as a top quarterback target in free agency, according to Jeff Darlington of NFL Media.

Hoyer played in 14 games for the Browns in 2014, throwing for 3,326 yards with 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He lost his starting position to Johnny Manziel in Week 15, but was forced back into action after Manziel suffered a season-ending injury. Hoyer, who has ties to his former New England coach and current coach of the Texans, Bill O'Brien.

Outside of the Texans, the Jets, Titans, Rams could all be looking to add a quarterback to the roster. Teams began talking to agents for players with expiring contracts starting at 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday. However, no deals can be finalized until Tuesday, the first day of the new NFL calendar.

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Hoyer on departure from Browns: Fresh start good for both sides


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Quarterback Brian Hoyer went 10-6 over two seasons with the Browns, making him the only quarterback to post a winning record among 22 Browns starters since the franchise's 1999 rebirth, per USA Today.

Still, the Browns have chosen to part ways with Hoyer after signing Josh McCown to a three-year, $14 million contract last week. However, it doesn't seem Hoyer holds any ill will toward the Browns.

"It's good for both sides to get a fresh start and go our separate ways," Hoyer said. "Being from here, I'll always root for the Browns. I know I'm going to be continuing my football career somewhere."

Hoyer could be one of the more sought after free-agent quarterbacks now that McCown is headed to Cleveland and the Bills acquired Matt Cassell. The Jets, Titans, Rams and Texans could all be looking to add a quarterback to the roster. 

"It's an exciting time, my first time as a free agent," Hoyer said. "You don't know where you'll be living in two months. The good thing is I'll have an opportunity to be on an NFL team, and hopefully, compete for a starting job. ... I have a lot to offer whatever team I go to. My best football is still ahead."


Report: Browns QB Brian Hoyer could be on the way out of Cleveland


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) With the signing of Josh McCown Friday, Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer could be looking elsewhere for employment. Coach Mike Pettine called Hoyer to inform him the team was signing McCown and Hoyer appears ready to move on, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.

Hoyer played in 14 games for the Browns in 2014, throwing for 3,326 yards with 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He lost his starting position to Johnny Manziel in Week 15, but was forced back into action after Manziel suffered a season-ending injury.


GM Ray Farmer: Browns could make trade for QB during the draft


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) With the Browns destined to find a starting quarterback, general manager Ray Farmer told reporters on Thursday that he's done a cost-benefit analysis on trading up for a quarterback, reports the Plain Dealer. The Browns have the No. 12 overall pick in this year's draft.

"Coach (Mike) Pettine has articulated that he wants a starter, so we have to find him a starter," Farmer said.

Farmer was noncommittal when asked whether he believed Johnny Manziel could be the No. 1 come next season. Farmer has spoken to Manziel twice by phone since Manziel checked into rehab.

Farmer wouldn't reveal if he has met with Brian Hoyer's representatives, as well. Hoyer beat out Manziel as the starter last season, but lost his job late in the year. He is expected to become free agent in March.

"Just because a player didn't succeed in one place doesn't mean he won't succeed in another," Farmer said, when asked of the free agency pool.


Brian Hoyer will consider 'all options' in free agency


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/7/2015) With Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer headed for free agency, Hoyer told reporters he would like to return to Cleveland, but left open the possibility of leaving, reports ESPN.com.

Hoyer wants a chance to compete for a starting job and said if it's not in Cleveland, he would be open to signing with another team.

"For me all options are on the table, and obviously Cleveland has a big place in my heart," he said.

Hoyer competed with Johnny Manziel for the starting job in 2014. Hoyer started the first 13 games of the season and went 7-6, before Manziel briefly took over. Manziel recently entered rehab, which Hoyer praised.

"It takes a big person to take those steps," Hoyer said. "I'm hoping for the best for him."


Report: Browns considering trading up for Marcus Mariota


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/3/2015) The Browns will give "very strong consideration" to trading up in an effort to draft Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, reports Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, citing sources within the organization. Cleveland owns the Nos. 12 and 19 picks in the 2015 draft.

In CBSSports.com's latest mock drafts, experts Rob Rang and Dane Brugler have Mariota going sixth to the Jets. An earlier report from The Star-Ledger indicated the Eagles also could try to trade up for Mariota, who played two years at Oregon under coach Chip Kelly.

Cleveland's quarterback situation is a mess. Brian Hoyer is headed for free agency, and Johnny Manziel just checked himself into rehab.


Brian Hoyer wants to compete for starting QB role in Cleveland


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Quarterback Brian Hoyer is open to returning to the Browns in 2015, if he is given a chance to compete for the starting role, Hoyer's agent Joe Linta told NBC Sports.

Hoyer started the first 13 games of the season and went 7-6. However, he was replaced by Johnny Manziel.

"I think the only thing that would make him not [want to] come back is if they said Manziel or whoever we take in the draft or whoever we sign in free agency is going to be the starter and you will only be the backup," Linta said.

Hoyer is set to become a free agent in the offseason and Linta added he expects to meet with the Browns soon to discuss their options.


Report: Browns have expressed interest in resigning Brian Hoyer


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) The Browns have expressed interest in resigning quarterback Brian Hoyer, his agent told ESPN.com Thursday.

"We've left the door open both ways," agent Joe Linta said.

Hoyer is expected to meet with general manager Ray Farmer and new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo in the coming weeks, according to the report. The quarterback had contract extension talks with the team fall through last summer, and negotiations were not picked up during the 2014 season. If Hoyer, who went 7-6 as the Browns starter, were to return in 2015, he would likely compete with second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel for the starting role.


New Browns OC 'not sure' if starting quarterback is on roster


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/22/2015) New Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, introduced at a news conference Thursday, stopped way short of committing to Johnny Manziel as his starting quarterback. "We're not sure if our starting quarterback is in the building or not," DeFilippo said, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Manziel did not impress as a rookie. In five games, including two starts, he completed 18 of 35 throws for 175 yards and no touchdowns with two interceptions. Manziel ran nine times for 29 yards and a score.

Brian Hoyer is about to hit free agency, and undrafted rookie Connor Shaw is the only other quarterback on the roster.

The Browns own the 12th and 19th picks in the first round of this year's draft. They selected Manziel at No. 22 overall last year.

DeFilippo said he's looking forward to working with Manziel and that Manziel will have a "clean slate."


Quarterback Brian Hoyer could be back in Cleveland next season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2014) Browns general manager Ray Farmer said Tuesday it is possible for quarterback Brian Hoyer to be back with the team, according to ESPN.

"If he wants to be back, that leverage is definitely in his court to make that happen," Farmer said.

Hoyer is set to become a free agent this offseason and explore the market. In 14 games this season, Hoyer threw for 3,326 yards with 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. It is unclear what kind of deal Hoyer will be looking for or what kind of deal Cleveland would offer the 29-year-old.

Farmer also said he would be willing to add a quarterback to the roster through the draft or free agency this offeseason. 

“Nope, I would not,” Farmer said. “I would not hesitate to take whoever I thought could help this football team and move us forward. The goal is to win.”


Two big names headline Browns inactives for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Quarterback Brian Hoyer (shoulder) and cornerback Justin Gilbert, who is being disciplined, headline the inactives posted by the Browns for their Sunday game in Baltimore. Also hurt and out are defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and tackle Ryan Seymour (hamstring).

A trio of healthy scratches include long snapper Charley Hughlett, offensive lineman Andrew McDonald and wideout Phil Bates.


Browns QB Brian Hoyer a no-go Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Quarterback Brian Hoyer might indeed have played his last game with the Browns. He is sidelined Sunday in Baltimore with a right shoulder problem that had him listed as doubtful.

Hoyer is slated for free agency after this season and the team has made little attempt to sign him. He lost his starting job late in the year after leading Cleveland to a 7-4 record.


Browns list 11 players on final injury report


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) The Browns listed 11 players on its final injury report for Week 17 against Baltimore. Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and Ryan Seymour (hamstring) were ruled out, while quarterback Brian Hoyer (shoulder, bicep) was deemed doubtful for Sunday.

Gary Barnidge (rib), Desmond Bryant (thumb), Joe Haden (shoulder), Andrew Hawkins (thumb), Jabaal Sheard (foot), Ryan Taylor (elbow) and K'Waun Williams (hamstring) were designated as questionable. Marlon Moore (knee) was the only player on the report labeled probable.


Browns' Brian Hoyer skips practice Friday; Connor Shaw to start?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer was unable to practice Friday because of injuries to his right shoulder and biceps, according to the Associated Press. Hoyer was ruled doubtful for the game, leaving the door open for Connor Shaw to make his first career start.

According to Adam Caplan of ESPN, Hoyer's bruised right bicep is what is keeping him from practicing and playing on Sunday. His season will likely come to an end with 3,326 passing yards with 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 14 games.

Cleveland opened as a 7-point road underdog. The line has now moved to 10 points in favor of the Ravens.


Browns coach Pettine: 'I don't know if Hoyer can get to 100 percent'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters the quarterback situation is still unsettled because of Brian Hoyer's shoulder injury, per the Plain Dealer. In addition to the shoulder issue, Hoyer has a "badly bruised" bicep, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN on Tuesday.

Hoyer will not practice on Tuesday. The team will add Connor Shaw from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster. Shaw is expected to receive all first-team snaps until Hoyer is recovered.

"Brian Hoyer (shoulder) will rest today We don't know where we are at the QB position," Pettine said. "I don't know if Brian (Hoyer) can get to 100 percent. Connor Shaw will take all the reps today."

Cleveland opened as a 7-point road underdog. The line has now moved to 9 points in favor of the Ravens.