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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Patriots sign touted QB Brian Hoyer


By: Greg
If you were watching the Draft on good old ESPN on the second day you would have saw the talent talking to QB Brian Hoyer numerous times. Hoyer is a highly touted QB out of Michigan State who was suppose to go anywhere from the third to the seven round but was not picked at all. On most NFL Draft expert sites he was rated in the TOP 10, even Top 5 of some. Todd McShay on his ESPN Draft coverage said that Hoyer was on of his favorite prospects and could be the next Matt Cassell.
Last season was a down season for Hoyer because he lost many targets to the draft so he was working with younger inexperienced players. His completion percentage was down because of numerous drops by those players. The season before he had over 2,700 yards and 20 TDs.

I was hoping the Patriots were going to take a chance on him in the 5th round and he dropped all the way out of the draft, luckily enough the Pats signed him to a rookie FA contract. For Hoyer he is in the perfect situation. He is young and he is learning behind the Best QB of all time and the Best coach of all time. He will compete vs matt gutierrez for the 3rd spot and if not will be a practice squad player.

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Strengths:
Adequate height and bulk...Fairly accurate passer with nice touch and timing...Has a good throwing motion and release...Very tough and durable...Intelligent with a good football IQ...Can read a defense and go through his progressions...Very mature...Has a fantastic work ethic... Was a team leader and captain ...Product of a pro style offense.

Weaknesses:
Just average arm strength...Not very athletic or mobile...Poor pocket awareness...Does not handle pressure well...Takes too many chances and needs to be more careful with the ball...Wasn't overly productive.

Notes:
A two-year starter who backed up current Detroit Lion Drew Stanton early in his career...Ranks among the Spartans career leaders in pass attempts (2nd), passing yards (3rd), pass completions (3rd), TD passes (6th) and completion percentage (10th)...Big things were expected from him in 2008 following a strong junior season but he lost some weapons and struggled at times...Had a strong showing at the East / West Shrine Game and really improved his draft stock...Isn't the most physically impressive signal caller but possesses excellent intangibles and might have the potential to develop into a backup at the pro level.


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