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Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 10/13/1985 | Birthplace: Lakewood, OH, USA | Team: Cleveland | College: Michigan State | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 22/2 | Average Draft Position: 143.38
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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 | CBSSports.com
(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 | CBSSports.com
(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.


Report: Brian Hoyer also dealing with 'badly bruised' bicep


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) In addition to a right shoulder injury he sustained Week 16 against Carolina, Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has a "badly bruised" bicep, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN on Tuesday.

With Hoyer's status up in the air, the Browns signed Tyler Thigpen as a backup option. Practice squad quarterback Connor Shaw is in line to start if Hoyer is unable to play Week 17 against Baltimore.

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


Report: Rex Grossman passes on shot to play for Browns


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) Rex Grossman would rather hang out with his family than quarterback the Browns. So reports ESPN, which said the Browns talked to Grossman about signing for Week 17 but that the sides could not agree on logistics. The report noted Grossman has his "whole family" in.

Cleveland cut Grossman, 34, right before the season. Now the eternally quarterback-needy Browns are desperate for a quarterback: Rookie Johnny Manziel is out with a hamstring injury and Brian Hoyer is nursing a shoulder injury.

With Grossman -- who has not thrown a regular-season pass since 2011 -- turning them down, the Browns likely will start undrafted rookie Connor Shaw at Baltimore on Sunday. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns also might reach out to journeyman Tyler Thigpen, who played for the team in the preseason opener before getting cut.


Pettine: QB Shaw to take snaps with Browns first team


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) Browns practice squad quarterback Connor Shaw is set to receive significant snaps with the first team in practice this week. The team might also sign another quarterback, per the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

The potential moves announced by Mike Pettine are in response to injuries sustained on Sunday by Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel. The former has not been ruled out for Sunday at Baltimore, but the latter has.


QB Hoyer injury could result in Shaw starting for Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer sustained a right shoulder injury late in the Week 16 game at Carolina and is considered day-to-day, per CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

His potential absence Sunday in Baltimore, as well as the loss of Johnny Manziel to a hamstring problem, could open the door for undrafted rookie and current practice squad quarterback Connor Shaw to start against the Ravens.

Shaw is set to be activated if the two can't play. Given the monumental struggles of Hoyer and Manziel lately, a strong performance by Shaw could complicate the situation regarding the position heading into the offseason. The Browns have been searching for their franchise quarterback since returning to Cleveland in 1999.


Same old, same old for Browns QB Hoyer on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) In a hot-and-cold performance that has mirrored his season and motivated the Browns to remove him as their starting quarterback, Brian Hoyer did little in relief of injured Johnny Manziel on Sunday at Carolina.

Hoyer completed 7 of 13 for 134 yards, one touchdown and one interception. But most of that territory was gained on an 81-yard scoring strike to outrageously open tight end Jordan Cameron five minutes into the fourth quarter. Hoyer did lead him perfectly.

He also underthrew Travis Benjamin on his next pass and was picked off. If Manziel remains sidelined, Hoyer will likely get the start in the season finale next Sunday in Baltimore.


Browns QB Manziel (hamstring) leaves Sunday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Browns ballyhooed rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has been knocked out of the Sunday game at Carolina late in the second quarter.

Manziel took a hard hit to the shoulder after sprinting for no gain to the left sideline. He was down for a bit before trainers took him to the sideline, then to the locker room. They were checking his left leg. He has been deemed questionable to return with a hamstring injury

Previous starter Brian Hoyer replaced him.

Manziel struggled again during his stint against the Panthers. He completed just 3 of 8 for 32 yards.


Report: Johnny Manziel will start Sunday vs. Cincinnati


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has been informed he will be the starter for the Week 15 matchup against the Bengals, reports Fox Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer.

Quarterback Brian Hoyer has started every game this season, but has thrown seven interceptions without a touchdown pass in the last three games.

While Browns coach Mike Pettine has yet to officially announce the decision, CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason LaCanfora reported the announcement is just a formality.


Browns on verge of replacing Hoyer with Manziel


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Johnny Manziel is a near-certainty to be named the starting quarterback for the Browns, starting with the Week 15 game against visiting Cincinnati, a team source has told CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason LaCanfora.

Mike Pettine has yet to announce a change, stating that he must confer with his coaches first. But according to LaCanfora, the struggles of Brian Hoyer in the starting role has created a 99 percent certainty that the switch to Manziel is imminent.

Hoyer has thrown seven interceptions without a touchdown in the last three games and has played a major role in the team all but falling out of the playoff race.


Browns coach Pettine to confer with coaches before naming starting QB


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Mike Pettine has yet to declare his starting quarterback going forward despite the recent struggles of Browns starter Brian Hoyer.

"It would be natural to be leaning the other way (toward Johnny Manziel)," Pettine told the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Monday. But he added that he wanted to confer with his coaches before making a decision as to his starter for the do-or-die game Sunday against visiting Cincinnati.

Pettine added that he believes Manziel will be prepared if he's indeed named the starter.


Browns QB Hoyer: 'I don't think I'm playing differently'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Despite miserable numbers over the last four games that include just one touchdown and eight interceptions, Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is claiming that he's doing nothing different than when he was proving himself to be one of the pleasant surprises of the NFL earlier in the year.

"I don't think I'm playing differently," Hoyer told the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. "I don't have a different mindset going out there, it's just go out and try to see the defense and react. I can't pinpoint one certain thing."

Hoyer could be nailing the coffin shut on his immediate future as an NFL starter, both with the Browns and if he follows through with free agency in the offseason. Any possibility of him signing with his hometown team seems to have disappeared.

"It's so far removed from my mind," he said. "Right now getting over yesterday [a loss to Indianapolis] and moving on to Cincinnati. It's crazy how fast things change. I feel like four or five weeks ago we're talking about contract talks and now we're talking about if I'm even going to be staying here."


Browns QB Hoyer: I haven't heard anything about losing job


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Browns embattled quarterback Brian Hoyer has been told nothing about losing his job to Johnny Manziel, per The Associated Press. He added that he believes he still has the trust of his teammates and coaches.

Hoyer has zero touchdowns and seven interceptions over his last three games and many expect the change heading into the Week 15 game against Cincinnati.


Pettine mum on quarterback situation after Browns loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Mike Pettine declined to name a starting quarterback for the Week 15 game against Cincinnati after a terrible performance by Brian Hoyer on Sunday in a huge loss by the Browns to Indianapolis.

"I'm not speaking on the quarterback situation at this point," he told the media after the defeat.

It would appear quite possible, however, that Johnny Manziel will be under center with the Bengals in town.