Aug 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) during a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Browns To Start Hoyer Against Vikings

Aug 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) hands off to running back Jamaine Cook (36) during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Browns beat the Bears 18-16. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns have named their starting quarterback for the game against the Minnesota Vikings.  It appears as though Brian Hoyer will get the nod in place of the injured Brandon Weeden.  If you’re not familiar with Hoyer, here’s a quick rundown of his career:

Hoyer was an undrafted free agent from Michigan State University in 2009.  The New England Patriots took a chance on him and made him Tom Brady’s backup quarterback after the 2009 season. The Patriots released Hoyer in 2012 and he was picked up on waivers by the quarterback hungry Arizona Cardinals.  After one season with the Cardinals, he was released and signed a 2-year contract with the Browns.

Some football fans would say that the Browns aren’t playing their best option at backup quarterback.  Journeyman Jason Campbell is also on the Browns roster, but will not get the start.

The Vikings defense should be able to take advantage of Hoyer in their home opener this week. Last year with Arizona, he had a quarterback rating of 65.8 and one touchdown with two interceptions in his two starts.


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