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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%: 29/10 | Average Draft Position: 143.38
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Browns QB Brian Hoyer struggles in Week 11 defeat


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer was harassed by the Texans on Sunday and victimized by drops, but he also often missed his targets in one of the worst performances of his career.

Hoyer completed just 20 of 50 psses for 330 yards and a perfectly thrown interception that doinked off the hands of wide receiver Miles Austin. Hoyer's lone touchdown was tossed to a wide-open Andrew Hawkins for 32 yards and tied the game at 7-7.

The quarterback was particularly bad in the third quarter, hitting on just 2 of 11 for 23 yards. He threw for 145 yards in the fourth, but mostly in desperation.

Hoyer will attempt to bounce back next Sunday in Atlanta.


Report: Browns QB Hoyer would welcome move to Texans


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is competing against the Texans on Sunday but would welcome an opportunity to join forces with Bill O'Brien in the future, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Hoyer, who has guided his team into first place in the AFC North, will become a free agent after this season if the Browns don't sign him to a long-term deal. The team appears to be either taking a wait-and-see approach or has no intention of signing Hoyer with rookie Johnny Manziel waiting in the wings for 2015.

Hoyer trusts O'Brien, his former England coach, according to Schefter.


Browns QB Brian Hoyer doesn't do much Thursday night


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer wasn't asked to do much Thursday night against the Bengals.

Cleveland opted to pound the ball during the game, racking up 52 total carries. While Hoyer put up average numbers, the team decided to run its three-headed backfield monster. Hoyer completed 15 of 23 passes for 198 yards on the night. He did not throw any touchdowns, but did not turn the ball over either. While the numbers weren't spectacular, Hoyer showed an ability to pick up decent chunks of yardage at a time. He averaged a solid 8.6 yards per completion on the night.

Hoyer will look for more Week 11 against the Texans. 


Browns will have Brian Hoyer, other probables Week 10


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2014) The Browns will have quarterback Brian Hoyer Week 10 against the Bengals.

Hoyer entered the contest listed as probable due to a glute injury. Hoyer was able to fully participate in practice all week, and was never expected to miss the contest.

The team will also have Desmond Bryant, Taylor Gabriel, Barkevious Mingo and Rodney Smith available for the contest. All four players entered Thursday listed as probable. 


Browns deem handful probable for Thursday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) The Browns have listed five players as probable for the Thursday night game in Cincinnati, including starting quarterback Brian Hoyer (glute).

Also on that list are defensive end Desmond Bryant (wrist), wide receivers Taylor Gabriel (shoulder) and Rodney Smith (hamstring) and linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder).

Special teams standout Johnson Bademosi (concussion) will not play.


Brian Hoyer shows he's a worthy matchups play


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/2/2014) So far, the knock on Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is that he had his worst game of the season on one of those rare occasions when Fantasy owners put their trust in him, completing just 16 of 41 passes for 215 yards and no touchdowns in what was supposed to be a favorable matchup Week 7 at Jacksonville.

But that performance came in the middle of what's proven to be a defensive awakening for the Jaguars. In retrospect, the matchup wasn't actually favorable, but unfavorable, which reconciles it with the rest of Hoyer's season.

Namely, Week 9 against Tampa Bay -- a legitimately good matchup for Hoyer in which he delivered legitimately good numbers, completing 21 of 34 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns. He did throw two interceptions, but you're not expecting perfection from Hoyer. You're just hoping for quality production.

He's thrown at least one touchdown pass in every game but that Jaguars debacle, and his last three games with 250-plus yards -- along with Week 9, Week 8 against Oakland and Week 5 at Tennessee -- were all predictable based on the matchup.

His matchup Week 10 at Cincinnati is a questionable one, especially since it's on a Thursday night, but if you're in a pinch with your usual starter on bye, you could do worse than Hoyer at quarterback.


Browns QB Hoyer battles back to throw for 300 and earn win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) It seems every time a poor stretch by Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has critics calling for backup Johnny Manziel to replace him, the Cleveland native responds.

That was again the scenario Sunday against Tampa Bay. Hoyer completed 11 straight passes for 124 yards and one touchdown during a second-half flurry and finished 21 of 34 for 300 yards, two scores and two picks in a 22-17 victory. It marked his first 300-yard performance in 2014.

Hoyer started fast by completing his first two passes for 47 yards, but struggled in the second quarter, which included one of his two season-high interceptions. He opened the third by leading the Browns to an 80-yard drive culminated on a 2-yard touchdown pass off a roll left to running back Terrance West. Tampa regained the lead, but Hoyer responded with 10 minutes left in the game by tossing a 34-yard scoring strike to a wide-open Taylor Gabriel.

The quarterback will try to rise to the occasion when the Browns play their biggest regular season game since 2007 on Thursday night in Cincinnati.


Browns QB Hoyer bounces back Sunday with strong effort


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer was far from brilliant Sunday against Oakland, but what he did achieve was a rebound from his dud of a Week 7 in Jacksonville.

Hoyer completed 19 of 28 passes for 275 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the victory. He got rolling on a 48-yard screen to Taylor Gabriel midway through the first quarter before really finding his rhythm in the second, hitting on 5 of 7 for 75 yards.

He padded his numbers with a 32-yard pass to Andrew Hawkins on the last play of the third quarter and finally got his team in the end zone with a 4-yard touchdown strike to Hawkins off a rollout left early in the fourth.

Hoyer will seek to take his momentum and run with it next Sunday against Tampa Bay.


Browns QB Brian Hoyer: 'Maybe it's good we lost last week'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has expressed both anger over his effort Sunday at Jacksonville and hopefulness that the dud of the team performance will prove to be a positive in the long run.

Hoyer had his worst game with Cleveland, completing just 16 of 41 passes for 215 yards. He also threw an interception, lost a fumble, had four tosses batted down and finished with a career-worst passer rating of 46.3.

"Of all the games I've every played, that's the worst I've ever felt after one, and it's something you have to deal with learning on the job," he told the Akron Beacon Journal. "...For the first time in my career in the NFL, I played a bad game, and it sucks. I take a lot [of blame] on myself, and that's why I probably wasn't too pleasant to be around the past two days."

Hoyer, however, claims that the team could benefit from the 24-6 defeat to a Jaguars team that had been winless entering play. After all, the Browns are preparing to play the 0-6 Raiders in Cleveland on Sunday.

"Maybe it's good we lost last week," he said. "I don't think we underestimated anyone. But I think now we see that no matter who we're playing, we have to be at our best, and there's no excuses and we have to go out and execute."


Browns' Pettine: Brian Hoyer is still firmly our starting QB


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2014) If you were hoping it was finally time for the Browns to turn to Johnny Football following Sunday's loss to the Jaguars, then you will be disappointed to hear there is no quarterback change on the horizon.

Browns coach Mike Pettine said Monday he is not making a change at quarterback heading into Week 8 vs. Oakland. Brian Hoyer will remain the starter and Johnny Manziel will stay in a backup role.

"Brian is still firmly our starter," Pettine said.


Browns QB Brian Hoyer suffers through disastrous Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer came up with his first major dud of the season Sunday at Jacksonville. His second interception he has thrown all year entered into the equation.

Hoyer finished a mere 16 of 41 for 215 yards with no touchdowns and a tremendously costly pick in the fourth quarter. He misfired on 10 consecutive passes during one stretch in the middle quarters, though several drops and poor blocking by what is now a makeshift offensive line certainly didn't help.

His inaccuracy became more pronounced as the game progressed. His numbers would have looked far worse if not for a dump pass early in the fourth with which Andrew Hawkins ran 65 yards.

Hoyer will try to recover from the terrible performance and the inevitable calls for Johnny Manziel when the Browns host Oakland next Sunday.


Browns still asking little from Brian Hoyer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has more than held his own in leading the Browns to a surprise 3-2 record, but he hasn't exactly lit it up for Fantasy owners. Should we expect that to change in Week 7, with the lowly Jaguars on the schedule?

Hoyeris coming off a 14-point Fantasy effort, the fourth time in five games he has been held to 16 points or fewer. He has mostly avoided mistakes, but that hasn't led to big numbers, as he has just one multi-touchdown game. Part of that is by design, as the Browns have not asked him to do much; Hoyer is just 25th in the league in pass attempts so far.

That might not change in Week 7, as teams have had little trouble beating the Jaguars even without big contributions from quarterbacks. Though the Jaguars' pass defense hasn't looked particularly good overall, they have held their last two opponents to just 23 Fantasy points combined.

The Browns seem likely to continue relying on their running game in Week 7, so don't expect Hoyer to flip the script. Consider him just a low-end Fantasy starter at this point. 


Agent: Brian Hoyer negotiations might not resume until offseason


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) The agent for Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer said he is fine with waiting until after the season to negotiate a new deal for his client, according to The Plain Dealer. Agent Joe Linta said he hasn't spoken with the Browns since the spring.

"The ball is in their court," Linta said. "We're willing to wait until the end of the year to see how it plays out."

Hoyer, who will be a free agent after the season, is 6-2 as a starter with the Browns (including three starts in 2013) and leads the NFL with an average completion of 13.6 yards. He also has a 99.5 passer rating.

Linta added the contract situation won't be a distraction for Hoyer.

"Brian's heartbeat doesn't go above 50 (beats per minute) on the field or off it," Linta said. "He's been very calm about this."


Browns QB Brian Hoyer bombs away with success in Week 6 win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer certainly made the most of his eight completions in a rare and lopsided win over archrival Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Hoyer threw for 217 yards for an average of 27.1 yards per completed pass. One of them was a perfect loft over the middle to tight end Jordan Cameron that resulted in a 51-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Now 6-2 in eight starts with Cleveland, Hoyer was blanked on two attempts in the first quarter before finding his rhythm. He hit on 5 of 9 for 146 yards in the second and added 73 yards passing in the third before spending the fourth only handing off.

Hoyer and the Browns will try to take their momentum and run with it next Sunday in Jacksonville.


Report: Talks with Browns QB Brian Hoyer could heat up


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2014) Contract negotiations between the Browns and surprising quarterback Brian Hoyer have been idle since early summer, but they could be renewed if he continues to perform well through October, a source has told ESPN.

Hoyer boasts a 97.6 passer rating, which ranks ninth among NFL quarterbacks with more than two starts. The Browns are averaging 25.7 points a game - not bad considering featured back Ben Tate lost two games to injury, premier wideout Josh Gordon is suspended and Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron has been unproductuve while nursing a shoulder ailment.

The source told ESPN that talks in June did not get "past first base" after agent Joe Linta countered an initial offer with one significantly higher. The Browns drafted highly touted Johnny Manziel with their second first-round pick. Hoyer can become a free agent after this season, but the Browns would likely step up their efforts to sign the hometown product if he continued to shine. He is 82 for 132 for 1,007 yards, six touchdowns and one interception in four games.

"I think it's a mystery to everybody because he hasn't played a lot of games," said offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in regard to Hoyer's potential. "He's played four this year, and I think he's gotten better in each game."


Brian Hoyer encore not likely in Week 6


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has mostly held his own as the starter this season, averaging 18.0 Fantasy points per game and coming off a strong showing against the Titans last week. However, he might be in for a letdown with the Steelers on the way in Week 6.

The Steelers have been decent against quarterbacks so far, allowing just two 20-plus Fantasy point games and 15.8 per game overall. They surrendered multiple touchdowns in three straight games, but enter Week 6 with four turnovers forced in the last three games. Hoyer has done a good job avoiding turnovers, but might not be able to sustain this kind of pace, with just one interception in 132 pass attempts.

Coming off his best performance of the season, Fantasy owners might be tempted to look Hoyer's way in Week 6. However, Hoyer he managed just 14 Fantasy points in Week 1 against the Steelers, and is too unproven to trust against all but the best matchups outside of two-quarterback leagues.  


Browns QB Brian Hoyer praises WR Travis Benjamin


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer expressed complete faith after the Sunday win at Tennessee in wide receiver Travis Benjamin, to whom he threw two touchdown passes in the last seven minutes to complete the biggest comeback in franchise history.

Benjamin has struggled as a punter returner and muffed one that would have stood as a fumble if not for a Titans penalty. But he made up for it with the scores, prompting Hoyer to talk about him after the win.

"My relationship with Trav goes back to when we were both rehabbing our ACLs, and I love the guy to death," Hoyer told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "He's quiet, but he was one of the guys that texted me over the bye wek and said 'We're better than this. I'm sitting here watching these games and we can win in this league.' To see a guy that doesn't talk all the time but sends out a text message like that shows how much it means to him."

The two-touchdown game was the first of Benjamin's career.


Brian Hoyer showing he may be useful


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/5/2014) It's hard to remember because it lasted all of two games, but for the period Brian Hoyer started for the Browns last year before tearing his ACL, he was a relevant contributor in Fantasy, throwing five touchdown passes to three interceptions and averaging 295.0 yards per game.

So his performance Week 5 at Tennessee in which he threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns (with one interception) isn't one you should immediately dismiss.

No, he doesn't have the help of Josh Gordon now like he did then, but he seems to have a competent running game with Ben Tate healthy and doesn't mind spreading the ball around, working Taylor Gabriel and Travis Benjamin into a mix that already included Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin.

Obviously, Hoyer won't be throwing for three touchdowns every week, but he threw for one score and more than 200 yards in each of his first three games. If that's the floor for him (with Week 5 being the ceiling), then he's not too far behind Alex Smith in Fantasy, making him a serviceable, if low-end, bye-week replacement at quarterback.


Browns QB Brian Hoyer passes for 194 yards in second half


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer continued to entrench himself as the starter Sunday by guiding a stirring comeback victory in Carolina.

Hoyer tossed two touchdown passes to fleet wideout Travis Benjamin in the final 6:49 to complete the job. He escaped pressure and scrambled left to find Benjamin from 17 yards out in the middle of the end zone to cut the deficit to 28-22, then hit Benjamin in the back of the end zone with 1:09 remaining to give his team the lead. That score was set up by a 23-yard thread-the-needle pass over the middle to Miles Austin.

Despite tossing his first interception of the season on a bomb that pretty much served as a punt, Hoyer enjoyed his best game of the season. He completed 21 of 37 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns, including a 1-yard dink to tight end Jim Dray that made it 28-10 with 12 seconds left in the half.

Hoyer, who exploded for 194 yards in the second half, will seek to give the Browns a winning record when they host Pittsburgh next Sunday.


Report: Browns not ready to make a change at QB


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) The Browns are not ready to make a change at quarterback coming off their Week 4 bye, according to NFL.com. The Browns aren't ready to turn to rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel and will stay with veteran Brian Hoyer as the starter heading into Week 5 at Tennessee.

Brian Hoyer good, but not good enough in Week 3


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer did everything right Sunday against Baltimore - until the game was on the line.

Hoyer missed on his last three attempts, including a short throw over the middle that would have allowed his team to run out the clock. But he still finished 19 of 25 for 290 yards and a 4-yard scoring strike to Miles Austin in the back of the end zone with 13 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

His performance began strong and got better. He completed 6 of 7 for 85 yards in the first quarter, including a 43-yarder to speedster Travis Benjamin, and was 17 of 19 for 214 yards by the end of the third. His 71-yard bomb to Taylor Gabriel with nine minutes remaining in the game could have put his team firmly in control, but poor execution and a missed field goal wrecked that opportunity.

Hoyer and the Browns will have plenty of time to regroup - they are now on their bye week.


Brian Hoyer has mixed feelings about coming out for rookie


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer admitted after the Sunday win that he was mad when offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan told him that he was going to bring backup Johnny Manziel into the game.

"As mad as I was when he told me, it helped me mentally," Hoyer told the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Hoyer, who seemed to throw better after Manziel's two brief appearances in the game, added that he;s open to the rookie getting some playing time if it helps the team win.


Brian Hoyer plays role of hero in defeat of Saints


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer did little in the second half Sunday against New Orleans - until it mattered the most.

Hoyer hit a wide-open Andrew Hawkins on a 28-yard lob pass with the final seconds ticking away to cap a 79-yard drive and set up the game-winning field goal. That concluded a game in which he completed 24 of 40 for 204 yards, two scores and no interceptions. He compiled an 81.7 passer rating.

He began his day as well as he ended it. Using the no-huddle offense that proved successful in the second half of the opener in Pittsburgh, he drove his team downfield and tossed a 3-yard scoring strike to Miles Austin for a 7-0 lead. But he finished the first half 9 of 19 for just 67 yards and struggled at times finding a rhythm with his receivers until the final march.

Hoyer and the Browns host Baltimore next Sunday.


Brian Hoyer 'comfortable' with hurry-up offense


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) The Browns used a no-huddle, hurry-up offense Sunday against the Steelers to rally from a 24-point halftime deficit to tie the game early in the fourth quarter. 

"It’s something I’m very comfortable with," quarterback Brian Hoyer said Monday, per the Akron Beacon Journal. "I think for our whole entire offense, we’re all comfortable with it. We practice it a lot. To go out and execute it in a game boosts your confidence level."

Hoyer completed 15 of 20 passes for 173 yards, one touchdown and a quarterback rating of 117.3 after halftime Week 1. Even with the great success, Hoyer said the Browns will have to be comfortable with changing tempo on offense moving forward.

"I think when you can move fast and you’re getting big chunk plays whether it’s in the running game or the passing game, that gives you a little bit of momentum," Hoyer said. "But we can’t just rely on our no-huddle offense because no one can sustain that type of energy for an entire 60 minutes, plus 16 games a year. So I think obviously it’s something that will be a good mix-up for us, but we just have to get better in our normal offense, too."


Brian Hoyer rebounds to lead vain comeback by Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer overcame the pressure of a miserable first half and the spectre of Johnny Manziel as his possible replacement to lead an inspired rally Sunday in Pittsburgh that nearly resulted in victory.

Throwing crisply and confidently to a wide array of receivers, Hoyer completed 15 of 20 for 174 yards after intermission. Included was a 9-yard touchdown off a bootleg to Travis Benjamin in the left corner of the end zone. He finished the game 19 of 31 for 230 yards and no interceptions.

Hoyer nailed three of his first four attempts, including a 47-yarder to tight end Jordan Cameron, but missed on seven of his next eight tries. He then engineered four scoring drives in first 20 minutes of the second half to turn a 27-3 deficit into a 27-27 tie.

He will try to lead the team to its first win next Sunday when the Saints come marching in.