Updates from Saturday, July 12
"Yeah, no doubt. No doubt," Hoyer told Daryl Ruiter of WKRK-FM, when asked if he was 100 percent. "I'm ready to go, so can't wait for Day 1.
Updates from Tuesday, June 3
Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com reports why Brian Hoyer has been limited during the Browns' recent team activities:
The best word to describe Brian Hoyer is 'frustrated.' Hoyer feels he is ready to participate fully in team drills, but doctors, trainers and coaches are holding him back. They are concerned with two things: 1. An accidental collision to Hoyer’s mending right knee, and 2. Hoyer overdoing things and suffering a setback. So Hoyer has had to sit out all team drills which call for the quarterback to work under center. He has only participated in team drills out of the pistol or shotgun formation.
The Cleveland Browns may very well select their quarterback of the future in the upcoming NFL draft, but incumbent signal-caller Brian Hoyer may be working his way back into the starting conversation.
Hoyer turned heads in three starts for the Browns last season as the Michigan State product threw five touchdown passes and led Cleveland to three victories.
Despite suffering such a devastating injury, Hoyer has managed to work his way back in time for mini camp, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
#browns qb Brian Hoyer taking minicamp reps and moving well. Brace on right acl knee.— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) April 29, 2014
Hoyer has looked so good, in fact, that it is easy to forget that he got injured in the first place:
#browns Brian hoyer's footwork looks great. Without brace, no one would ever know he had ACL surgery in October.— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) April 29, 2014
Cabot had more specifics on Hoyer's workout:
In the 15 minutes or so of practice open to the media, Hoyer moved briskly through passing drills, threw with good velocity and jogged effortlessly back to his spot between reps.
He never favored the knee and seemed to be serving notice that he's ready to pick up where he left off last season.
Among those who is impressed with Hoyer's progress is Browns general manager Ray Farmer, per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal:
#Browns GM Ray Farmer said he's comfortable with QB Brian Hoyer. On his health: He's fine. He'll be fine. I'm excited where he is right now— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) April 28, 2014
Cleveland holds the No. 4 and No. 26 overall picks in the NFL draft, and there is no question that the Browns are in the market for a quarterback. Whether they select Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr or someone else, some form of competition will be brought in.
With that said, Hoyer still has a golden opportunity to start in 2014. He is the only quarterback on Cleveland's roster right now aside from project Alex Tanney after the Browns decided to release both Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell this offseason.
Hoyer is well aware that he'll have to battle for the starting job, but he is more than willing to put the work in, per Kevin Jones of ClevelandBrowns.com.
Starting was something I had waited for, for a long time. I tried to make the most of it. Unfortunately it kind of got taken away from me due to the injuries. I'm out here working hard looking forward to getting back out onto the field and picking things up where I left off. ... I'm not looking for anything to be handed to me. I'll compete with whoever it may be. I have full confidence in myself. I think all you can really ask for is a chance.
Who will open the 2014 season as the Browns' starting QB?
The expectation among football fans these days is often for rookie quarterbacks to step in and start right away. That isn't always best for their development, though.
Because of that, naming Hoyer the starter for 2014 may prove to be the best thing for the Browns provided he proves that he is all the way back to form and fully recovered from the knee injury.
At the very worst, Hoyer will fail and he can be replaced. In the best-case scenario, though, he will thrive, and either he or the rookie can be traded for other assets.
Hoyer may never be a star in the NFL, but he earned an opportunity to prove himself last year. If nothing else, he figures to receive a long look from new Browns head coach Mike Pettine throughout training camp and the preseason.
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