Ever since the New England Patriots signed Cam Newton for league minimum there has been a question looming. What does this mean for Brian Hoyer?
Unfortunately, I don’t think this stint will be a long one for Hoyer. By appearances on social media, Cam Newton is not only ready to play again, he’s ready to start again. Newton has been clearly bulking up and focusing on his physical well being with the intention of getting a shot at a starting spot.
I wrote earlier this off season that I was excited to see the battle for the QB1 spot in New England between Stidham and Hoyer. The tables have definitely turned; I think the battle for the top spot between Newton and Stidham will leave Hoyer cut sooner rather than later. Brian Hoyer has been in the NFL since 2009 and has been part of 8 different organizations. The 34 year old QB has only started 38 games and has completed just under 60% of his passes. Newton, on the other hand, has been in the league since 2011. The 31 year old quarterback lead the Carolina Panthers to Super Bowl 50 vs a Peyton Manning led Denver Broncos team. Newton has started 124 of the 125 times he’s appeared on the gridiron with a total completion percentage just .5% higher than Hoyer.
Newton brings an additional skillset to the quarterback position that Hoyer lacks. He has the ability to rush effectively. Especially for short yardage situations and touchdowns. He has 58 rushing touchdowns under his belt. Hoyer has only 2 rushing touchdowns and averages for only 1.1 yards
-Jess Donahue (@jldx392)