Found September 18, 2013 on Football and Futbol:
To the crippling dismay of at least one Cleveland Browns fan (that would be me), Brandon Weeden will be sitting on the bench this week as backup quarterback Brian Hoyer takes the reins of a struggling offense. My sassy hispanic heart has been dreading the possible absence of Weeden since he went to the locker room on the final drive of last week’s game. Watching Jason Campbell look incapable of tying his own shoes made my eyes water for the first time in years, so the possibility of having to watch a backup fill in will surely produce waterfalls of tears. Though, the past two days, I thought we would be seeing Campbell, the man who supposedly battled Weeden for the starting spot during the preseason. When Rob Chudzinski announced veteran backup Brian Hoyer as the starter, I stared at my phone in disbelief for hours. Now that I am calm, let’s take a look at the career of Cleveland’s newest starting quarterback, Brian Hoyer.   Long time residents of Cleveland may actually remember Hoyer from his high school days, a product of one of Ohio’s best football schools, St. Ignatius. Much like Weeden, Hoyer also was a baseball pitcher, though he never reached the extent Weeden reached (getting drafted by the New York Yankees). Hoyer played college ball at Michigan State, posting average numbers at best, which earned him an invite to the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine. Hoyer did not get drafted, but was immediately signed by the New England Patriots at the conclusion of the draft. Years of preseason action and backup play to Tom Brady are pretty much the essence of Hoyer’s career. He saw some time in the regular season, actually completing the pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski that broke the NFL record for receiving yards by a tight end. Hoyer made his first start last year with the Arizona Cardinals against a stout San Francisco 49’ers defense, and wasn’t too shabby for a first time starter. In limited NFL action, Hoyer hasn’t really impressed, nor looked terrible, which makes this Sunday’s start a wild card. I originally believed the Browns would be able to blow over the Minnesota Vikings, but now I can’t be too sure. The return of Josh Gordon will make Hoyer’s debut more comfortable, but the passing game is still questionable at best. I still expect a big game out of Trent Richardson, yet it’s hard to call this game a win at this point. Till then, true Brown’s fans minds will be racing with questions, so hold onto your hats Cleveland, here comes Hoyer.
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