Brian Hoyer, QB, Browns
|QB - #38||254.80||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.
Browns head coach Mike Pettine said Monday that he doesn't know exactly when he will officially tab either Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel as Cleveland's starting quarterback, but he has a firmly established deadline: before the team's third preseason game on August 23.
A decision hasn't been made on how the first-team reps will be split between the two quarterbacks in training camp, but Pettine thinks that people who are clamoring for Manziel to start right away should appreciate the veteran more.
"He's got the respect of the guys in the locker room," he said of Hoyer. "I think he can make all the throws. I think he's got a stronger arm than people think. I love his decision making. He's very decisive. He understands defenses. He knows right where to go with the ball. He anticipates well. ... He's got intangible qualities that you look for in a quarterback. He's got that gym-rat mentality. He loves football. He loves Cleveland. I'm OK with people underestimating him or selling him short because I think they'll be surprised."
Pettine also said that it would "ideal" for Manziel to sit and learn from the sidelines instead of being thrown into the fire Week 1. Pettine mentioned the successes of quarterbacks who have had to wait to play such as Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Carson Palmer while stating that rookies who have started right away have provided a "mixed bag of results."
Whichever quarterback does start will be asked to hand off to Ben Tate and Terrance West often while trying to make do without Josh Gordon, who Pettine said should not be cut from the team.
Tight end Jordan Cameron is the team's No. 1 receiver. Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins will probably be the top two wideouts, which isn't very appealing for fantasy purposes. Both quarterbacks are well into the QB2 range, but Manziel has more obvious upside due to his running and natural play-making ability. Although it sounds like Hoyer would need to falter greatly to not open the year as the starter, Manziel will be under center at some point this season.
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