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Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 10/13/1985 | Birthplace: Lakewood, OH, USA | Team: Cleveland | College: Michigan State | NFL Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 144.00
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Brian Hoyer 'clear winner' on Day 2


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Brian Hoyer was the "clear winner on Day 2 of the quarterback competition," reports The Chronicle-Telegram of Elyria, Ohio. The Browns' clear frontrunner "was fluid and sharp all practice, and the ball only hit the ground a couple of times," the paper said.

Rookie Johnny Manziel struggled after looking good Saturday. "He one-hopped a couple of throws, failed to get a handoff to Dion Lewis, badly overthrew Jonathan Krause on a post and was nearly intercepted on a high pass over the middle," the paper said.


Report: Brian Hoyer expected to start Week 1


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Johnny Manziel may be getting all the headline mentions this offseason, but a report Friday suggested that the Browns will give the ball to Brian Hoyer to start the season. According to ESPN, a Browns player said that they are "all expecting Hoyer to start" Week 1.

Recent reports indicated that the Browns would announce around the third preseason game, but this latest update claims the lockerroom feels coach Mike Pettine will announce Hoyer as the starter before then.


Browns to name starting QB before third preseason game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine said he'll name a starting quarterback -- either Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel -- before the third preseason game Aug. 23 against the Rams, reports the Akron Beacon Journal

"It could be sooner, and that’s something we’re going to discuss," Pettine said. "It’ll be before the third preseason game. I just don’t have a date. I don’t know if I’ll set a date and kind of paint ourselves into a date, but it will be sooner than the third preseason game."


Brian Hoyer cleared for 11-on-11 work


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/18/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (knee) has been cleared for 11-on-11s when training camp begins July 26, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"It's exciting for me," Hoyer said. "It's something I've worked really hard to get back to and I'm just looking forward to getting going once everybody gets there next Friday and then obviously the first practice is next Saturday, so it's an exciting time for us."

Hoyer, who will start out No. 1 on the depth chart ahead of Johnny Manziel, hopes he'll be full-go for all 13 practices of camp.

"It hasn't been discussed yet," he said. "All I know is that when I left and I was begging them to let me practice, they said once training camp comes there won't be any limitations, so we'll see how it goes and take it day-by-day. Obviously we're going to see how the knee's feeling, but I'm geared up and ready to go and excited. I can't wait for next Saturday."

Hoyer, who suffered the torn ACL against the Bills Oct. 3, acknowledged it's rewarding to finally get the green light. The medical staff limited him in 11-on-11s during minicamp and organized team activities.

"It feels good to know that I put the work in and now it's time to go," he said. "You don't think about it. You just go out and play football."


Brian Hoyer: 'No doubt' I'm 100 percent


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer told CBS Cleveland there's "no doubt" he's 100 percent healthy and that he'll participate fully in all of training camp. Hoyer is coming back from a torn ACL that ended his 2013 season after three games.

Hoyer sat out some team drills during OTAs as coaches managed his knee, but he's not expected to be limited during camp. "Yeah, no doubt. No doubt," Hoyer said. "I’m ready to go so can’t wait for Day 1."


Report: Browns trying to extend QB Hoyer


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/30/2014) The Browns are trying to give quarterback Brian Hoyer a contract extension, sources tell ESPN. But according to Hoyer's agent, the negotiations will be difficult. 

Agent Joe Linta told NFL Network that "it will be a very difficult deal to do" because Hoyer is content to "wait and see what happens down the road."

Hoyer is entering a contract year as well as a well-publicized camp battle with Johnny Manziel. 


Kruger likes Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/17/2014) If Browns linebacker Paul Kruger was making the decision on the starting quarterback for 2014, he would go with Brian Hoyer over rookie Johnny Manziel, reports NFL.com.

"In my mind, Hoyer's the guy," Kruger said during a radio interview on KFAN-AM in Utah. "Hoyer came in, won us four games, unfortunately got hurt. The guy was on fire when he was healthy and he's proven himself at a different level and has worked extremely hard."

Hoyer actually started three games before an ACL injury ended his 2013 season. As it stands coming into training camp, coach Mike Pettine said Hoyer is "securely ahead" of Manziel. But Pettine also added Hoyer's lead wasn't "insurmountable."

"You let the preseason go, see how they look and then make a decision," Kruger said. "In my mind, Hoyer has been a good leader for us and somebody who has been able to win us a few games. It's tough to say but I think the preseason will be a big deal for both of them."


Brian Hoyer ahead of Johnny Manziel


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/12/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine said that Brian Hoyer is "securely ahead" of rookie Johnny Manziel to be the Browns' starting quarterback, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

However, Pettine said Hoyer's lead was in no way "insurmountable." Which means that nobody will be surprised if Manziel, the 22nd-overall pick in May's draft, ends up under center at some point early in the year.

"It's been hard to evaluate because Brian hasn't been able to take the 11-on-11 reps, but when we put the depth chart together, Brian will be No. 1," Pettine said of Hoyer, who is coming back from last year's torn ACL.


Tate backs Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/3/2014) Browns running back Ben Tate sounds like he is expecting Brian Hoyer and not rookie Johnny Manziel to win the starting quarterback job this season, reports ESPN.

Tate went as far as to say the Browns are Hoyer's team.

"The guy has been there," Tate said. "The guys know him, are comfortable with him."


Brian Hoyer sitting out team drills


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer, who's coming back from a torn ACL, sat out 11-on-11 drills at OTAs, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. Hoyer's absence enabled rookie Johnny Manziel to get first-team snaps.

Brian Hoyer gets first reps, Johnny Manziel goes third


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer took the first reps at OTAs, followed by Tyler Thigpen and rookie Johnny Manziel, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The battle for the starting job is between Hoyer and Manziel.

Browns general manager Ray Farmer told The Bull and Fox Show on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland that Hoyer is ahead of Manziel by "a substantial margin." 

"Who's the best quarterback right now? Brian Hoyer," Farmer said. " ... Here's a guy that's a five- or six-year veteran that has been in the league, that knows the defenses, that reads it quicker. It's like he's got an advanced calculus degree, and Johnny's good at math, but I don't know if he's in the advanced calculus stages yet."


Brian Hoyer sporting right knee brace


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer opened OTAs wearing a brace on his right knee, reports ESPN. Hoyer underwent surgery to fix a torn ACL last October. He'll try to hold off rookie Johnny Manziel for the starting job.

Browns GM: Johnny Manziel to start only if Brian Hoyer gets hurt


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Browns general manager Ray Farmer was asked in a rapid-fire ESPN interview what it would mean if rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel started the season opener. "Somebody got hurt," Farmer said, presumably referring to Brian Hoyer.

Farmer did not elaborate.


Johnny Manziel needs to look 'quasi-competent' to start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel doesn't need an outstanding preseason to win the starting job over Brian Hoyer, reports CBS Sports Insider Jason La Canfora.

"The most exciting player in college football, who you moved all over the draft board to land, isn't there to hold a clipboard," La Canfora wrote. "I don't see this developing as a true quarterback controversy, because as long as Manziel looks quasi-competent in the preseason I am handing him this job."


Jim Nantz, Phil Simms see Johnny Manziel as Week 1 starter


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/14/2014) Appearing on CBS This Morning, NFL on CBS play-by-play man Jim Nantz and analyst Phil Simms both believe Johnny Manziel will begin the year as the Browns' starting quarterback. 

"The last nine quarterbacks who were taken in the first round in NFL drafts have been the opening day starter," Nantz said. "Brian Hoyer is the starter going into camp, but we shall see. ... I'd be shocked if Johnny Manziel's not the Cleveland Browns' starter."

"How do you think the fans and the media are going to take it if he's not the starter?" Simms added. "So Brian Hoyer's on the field, he throws one incompletion, they're going to go crazy. If you're a quarterback and [the team] drafts a first-round quarterback on your football team, you better play well and win, and usually that's not enough to keep your job." 

When asked how they think Manziel will do in the pros, Simms noted that Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan did a great job bringing Robert Griffin III along as a rookie and expects something similar for Manziel.

"I expect [Shanahan] to create a new kind of offense," Simms said. "I think [Manziel] got very fortunate going to the Cleveland Browns. He's probably in the best situation he could have found for himself in Cleveland."


Pettine still planning on Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) Even though the Browns drafted quarterback Johnny Manziel in the first round of the NFL Draft, coach Mike Pettine still expects Brian Hoyer to be his starter in Week 1, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer .

"Whether he was taken at four, or going at 22, it will be a competition and I meant that when I said it," said Pettine. "I don't think you can hand jobs to people when they come in. It's a situation where despite what's around him and what's following him -- and there will be that pressure to play him -- we're in the business of evaluating the best quarterback for the Cleveland Browns to win football games and that's who's going to play, whether that's Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel."


Browns draft Johnny Manziel at No. 22 overall


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) The Browns traded up to No. 22 overall to select quarterback Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M. Cleveland traded with the Eagles, and they gave up No. 26 in the first round and No. 83 in the third round to get the deal done.

Manziel will likely compete with Brian Hoyer for the starting job, although coach Mike Pettine said Hoyer is expected to remain the starter. In any event, Manziel is considered the quarterback of the future for the Browns.

Considered a dynamic playmaker with less-than-ideal height (5-foot-10), throwing mechanics and off-field activities, the flashy Manziel was the first freshman in college history to win the Heisman Trophy in 2012 and was a finalist for the award in 2013. In two seasons as the Aggies' starter he totaled 7,438 yards on 565 of 825 passing (68.4 comp. pct.) with 59 passing touchdowns and 22 interceptions. He also ran for 2,096 yards and 29 touchdowns on 334 carries.


Brian Hoyer not worried about losing his job


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer believes he'll be the starter this season no matter who the team takes in the NFL Draft, reports USA Today.

Hoyer, who is seven months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL, isn't worried about a rookie taking his job.

"I only played three games before I got hurt, so it’s not like I had a full season under my belt for them to say, 'Hey, he's the guy we're going to go with.' I don't blame them for it," Hoyer said. "No matter what happens in the draft, I'll have that chance to compete for the starting job, and if it comes down to that, I have the ultimate confidence in myself that no matter who they bring in here, I can beat them out."

Coach Mike Pettine also is standing behind Hoyer.

"There will be competition, but I think it will be very difficult, based on my evaluation of this year’s draft class, it will be very difficult for anyone in this draft class to come in and beat [Hoyer] out. I really believe that," Pettine said. "There's that certain it factor he has. Just the way he's attacked his rehab, the way he's attacked learning a new offense. What jumped out was his accuracy. I think him going through the drill work that we had put the quarterbacks through in their workouts, and compared it to those guys – it was encouraging to see."


Brian Hoyer not paying attention to draft talk


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is going through minicamp as if he's the team's starter. He's not listening to specuation about which quarterbacks Cleveland might draft.

"I really don't hear it that much because I don't pay attention,'' Hoyer told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "It doesn't bother me. People are going to speculate. I know how I feel about myself. I know how my teammates feel. I'm trying to go out and prove it to these new coaches and all I can really ask for is a chance and I think I'll get that. I'm going out there every day and until someone tells me otherwise, I think I'm the starter for this team."


Mike Pettine: Brian Hoyer 'ahead of schedule'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine said quarterback Brian Hoyer is "ahead of schedule" in his return from ACL surgery. Hoyer has been cleared for 7-on-7 drills but not 11-on-11s yet, the coach said.

Hoyer, wearing a brace on his right knee, moved well at the team's minicamp Tuesday.


Brian Hoyer 'moving well' at minicamp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2014) Wearing a brace on his surgically repaired right knee, Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer took reps at the team's minicamp and was moving well and showing great footwork, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He had surgery last October.

Hoyer is penciled in as the Week 1 starter, but the draft could change that.


Brian Hoyer on schedule in return from ACL surgery


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer, who's coming back from October ACL surgery, expects to participate in OTAs. “I’m on track to do some of that stuff, most of it I would think,” Hoyer told CBS Cleveland. “I feel like I’m ready to go.”

Hoyer still must meet with doctors to get medically cleared. The offseason program begins April 7 with weight training and meetings with coaches.

“There’s not going to be any contact that I have to worry about,” Hoyer said. “I’m basically out there throwing now the way I’ll be throwing in a practice, so in my mind I’m ready to go…from my part there’s nothing holding me back.”


Browns considered Matt Schaub, but 'comfortable' with Brian Hoyer


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Browns general manager Ray Farmer admitted the team considered trading for quarterback Matt Schaub before the Raiders acquired him, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. However, Farmer insisted he's "comfortable" with Brian Hoyer entering the season.

Cleveland still is expected to draft a quarterback at Nos. 4 or 26 overall.


Mike Pettine pumped about Brian Hoyer


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Asked an open-ended question about his quarterbacks, new Browns coach Mike Pettine's first words were "Brian Hoyer," reports the Boston Globe.

“We’re looking forward to getting him back to where at least he’ll do some limited work in the spring," Pettine continued, referring to Hoyer's comeback from ACL surgery. "I’ve always admired Brian from afar. He’s proven he can be successful in the NFL, but at the same time, you’re always looking to make the team better and that’s the most important position.”

The Browns still are expected to draft a quarterback at No. 4 overall.


Brian Hoyer plans to win starting job


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/14/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer was upset to see general manager Mike Lombardi go since he was a big supporter, but Hoyer's already looking forward to the challenge of impressing new coach Mike Pettine and a new offensive coordinator in Kyle Shanahan, reports the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Hoyer doesn't know if he'll be the starter next season, especially coming off a torn ACL last year, but he's excited to prove himself once offseason workouts begin.

"For me it’s about coming in here, rehabbing, preparing myself as best I can for when we start back up and go from there," he said. "From my time talking to coach Pettine, I'm excited to play for the guy. He's one of those coaches who you look at him and he's a football guy. He's going to bring some intensity, accountability, all of those things. For me, I can't wait for April to start."