Brian Hoyer, QB, Browns
|QB - #38||219.17||CLE||Questionable||6 years||28||6'2||215||@bhoyer8|
2014 Outlook: Bye Week Fill-inLast updated on Jul-07-2014 by Rob Warner
The 28-year-old impressed in two starts last season before he suffered a season-ending injury in Week 5 against Buffalo. Hoyer completed 60-percent of his passes over Weeks 3 and 4 (wins over Minnesota and Cincinnati), while averaging 295 yards per game. He tossed five touchdowns and three interceptions over those two contests and will have every chance to beat out Johnny Football in training camp. Hoyer is entering a contract year, so motivation won't be a concern, but he will likely have one of the more pedestrian receiving groups when Josh Gordon is suspended. The Browns also have the worst fantasy schedule for QBs with 10 games against defenses that were stout against the pass and just three favorable match ups (Jax - Week 7, TB - Week 9 and ATL - Week 12). With his job security and receivers lingering as major questions, a very difficult schedule, and the Browns expected to employ a run-heavy approach -- Hoyer remains unlikely to produce fantasy numbers even if he wins the starting job.
Editor's note: Hoyer is the man to beat for the starting job; however, does he really offer that much to the team? We saw very brief glimpses of his talent and it was up in smoke almost immediately due to injury. If Manziel is the real deal, there's no reason he should sit behind Hoyer for even one game.
Matt Cassel was the Vikings' No. 1 quarterback when training camp opened. Yesterday, just four days later, Cassel began splitting first-team reps in practice with rookie Teddy Bridgewater. Today, Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, who once considered Cassel starting in Week 1 to be a "slam dunk", is rethinking his position. Scoggins wrote Thursday that he "won't be surprised if Bridgewater is the starter in Week 1." Scoggins added that Vikings coaches have confidence in Bridgewater and would gladly hand him the reins if he earns the job during the preseason.
"Bridgewater threw two interceptions in practice Thursday, but I like the fact that he's not hesitant when he drops back," Scoggins wrote. "He gets the ball out quickly and has good arm strength. He doesn't look overwhelmed running the first-team offense when he gets the opportunity."
It sounds like the coaches in Minnesota are really pushing for Bridgewater to be their opening-day starter, much like what is happening in Cleveland with Brian Hoyer. Bridgewater's dynasty appeal is undeniable. But in re-draft leagues, a low-end QB2 will be taking the first snaps of the season for this team, no matter if that's Bridgewater or Cassel. As I've said before, either QB has my full support as long as he can connect with Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph at a steady rate and keep defenses from sending nine guys to stop Adrian Peterson.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/31 - Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater continues climb toward starting job
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7/28 - Browns WR Charles Johnson turning heads at camp
7/25 - Browns QB Brian Hoyer expected to be Week 1 starter
7/23 - Browns QB Brian Hoyer to enter camp as starter
7/21 - Browns will name starting QB before August 23
7/18 - UPDATE: Browns QB Brian Hoyer healed up, ready to go for camp
7/13 - Browns QB Brian Hoyer says he is fully healthy, ready for camp battle versus Johnny Manziel
7/13 - Browns QB Brian Hoyer 'not really focused' on Johnny Manziel controversy
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