Ryan Mallet has won the battle for the backup quarterback position, as Brian Hoyer received his pink slip from the New England Patriots on Aug. 31 after three years with the team.
Hoyer didn't have the greatest of preseasons this year, but it's not as if Mallet was making leaps and bounds, either. Ultimately, the Patriots decided to go with the third-round draft pick instead of the undrafted free agent, though, and Hoyer now finds himself looking for work.
Hoyer is a name that has initiated some trade discussions, or at least speculation, in previous years, and teams are always looking for a solid backup quarterback.
It's hard to judge No. 8 based on preseason play and junk time in the regular season, but he's a better option than the likes of Vince Young and Seneca Wallace, who were also recently cut.