QB - NE
Week 12 Outlook
Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer has been benched in favor of Jarrett Stidham late in the third quarter of the team's Monday night matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Hoyer started for the Patriots on Monday because Cam Newton rested positive for COVID-19, but he completed 15 of his 24 passes for 130 yards and an interception through nearly three quarters of play. Stidham threw a touchdown pass on his first possession.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Brian Hoyer will be the Patriots' quarterback if their Week 4 game against the Chiefs is played on Tuesday.
Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, which has caused the NFL to postpone Patriots-Chiefs until Tuesday (assuming there are no more positive tests). Hoyer's presence is obviously a major downgrade to all New England skill players. Chiefs D/ST is certainly in play to be used if this game is played.
Brian Hoyer could be the odd man out of the Patriots' QBs. "Hoyer finds himself in an interesting spot with Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham in New England," per Mike Reiss of ESPN.
Hoyer was released by the Colts earlier this off-season once the team signed QB Philip Rivers. With the Patriots signing Newton, Hoyer once again finds himself in a similar spot. New England could opt to keep only two quarterbacks, making Hoyer the odd man out. This decision will most likely depend on Newton's health. Hoyer will enter camp competing with Stidham for the backup QB spot.
Mike Reiss of ESPN reports Patriots quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham have been working out together this off-season.
Reiss writes the two QBs have been "fiercely competitive" while also helping each other get better. Stidham remains the favorite to start Week 1 against the Dolphins. It sounds as if Hoyer is doing his best to help bring the youngster along.
Brian Hoyer and the Patriots have reached an agreement on a one-year, $1.05 million contract. He will receive $2 million guaranteed from the Colts and Patriots.
Hoyer will join the Patriots for the third time in his career, and give the team a quarterback who is familiar with New England’s offense. He threw for 372 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions across four games with the Colts in 2019. Hoyer will compete with Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler for the Patriots’ starting quarterback job. Whichever player emerges as the starter is a borderline QB2, and is mainly an option in super-flex and two-quarterback league formats.