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Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:22 pm
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It seems that New England would rather have Hoyer, right, in the No. 2 role, rather than Mallett. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

After so much offseason talk last year about Ryan Mallett, his behavior at the NFL combine, his admitted drug use, whether he blew off pre-draft meetings with teams and how far he would fall in the draft, we haven’t spent much time talking about him during the regular season.

That probably has something to do with the fact he was active for only one game this season as he sat behind Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer in New England. And while Mallett believes he’s in the perfect situation with the Patriots, the team might not feel he’s ready to handle the weight of being the franchise’s No. 2 quarterback.

That’s the word from the Boston Herald, which writes that two sources say the team will tender Hoyer because the Patriots don’t believe Mallett is quite ready.

Hoyer is a restricted free agent, and if New England tenders him at the first-round compensation level, that would be worth $2.742 million for a one-year deal. As the Herald writes, “it would probably preclude other teams from making a play for Hoyer.”

Mallett, though, might be OK with the arrangement for now.

“It’s been awesome,” he said during the Super Bowl media day. “It’s good for me to sit back and watch and not have to do media stuff all the time and be out in the spotlight. But as a competitor, you want to be on the field and be playing in the game.”

As Green Bay’s Matt Flynn has proven, even if you have one of the best quarterbacks in the league, having a backup that can enter a game on short notice and play well is an important need -- and a need that is not overly common in the NFL.

For instance, during Super Bowl XLVI after Tom Brady took a sack from Justin Tuck, it appeared that he might be hurt. Hoyer began warming up, and New England had to be confident enough in Hoyer that he could play immediately and play well.

For now, it’s clear the Patriots don’t feel that way about Mallett.

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Since: Aug 15, 2011
Posted on: February 25, 2012 5:13 pm
 

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

Hoyer, nor Brady have the ability of Mallett. It was obvious during the Super Bowl that Brady's arm strength is below average for the NFL. The Pats may believe they will get someting for Hoyer but I promise it would cost a team more to get their hands on Mallett.



Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:55 am
 

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

Patriots better keep Hoyer! Telephone Poll Tom, sooner or later is going to take a hit and leave the game and you need a QB that can step in and take his place. My fear during the Superbowl was that Brady would get knocked out and Hoyer with all his play making mobility with his arm would torch the Giants. Thank's be to God that old Tom just stood in there. If I were the G.M. I would be focusing on speed at WR, Mike Wallace? Finding another Corey Dillon? And a defensive backfield because defense wins championships. Any questions?



Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 18, 2012 1:46 pm
 

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

I'd love to see us give away Mallet for a first, but thats not going to be the case anytime soon. Matt Flynn possibly, but Mallet hasn't proven himself in the league yet.



Since: Oct 2, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

Are we really discussing a 3rd string quarterback who is the back up to the back up to Tom Friggin Brady ? C'mon ! Who gives a crap ?



Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:00 pm
 

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

 
 Who wants to see some p.o.s. Razorback-pot-smoker find success in the NFL and make millions of dollars doing it...and on the Patriots, no less?!?


Probably the same people tha want to see Thug A$$ Buckeye P.O.S.'s from that dirt bag cheatin', embarrassment they call a State University in O-HI-O.   &n
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Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2012 11:47 am
 

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

I also love the fact that manufactured rumors about a person from Arkansas are treated as "Gospel" or scientific fact. While a kid that is arrested then charges mysteriously dropped from Alabama is whole-hearedly ignored. At some point, you'll have to start caring about how unethical you are.



Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2012 11:41 am
 

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

Anyone who wants to bash Mallett, should first go talk to Gruden. ESPN sure did it's best to shut him up when he backed Mallett as a person during the draft.



Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 7:57 am
 

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

Who wants to see some p.o.s. Razorback-pot-smoker find success in the NFL and make millions of dollars doing it...and on the Patriots, no less?!?
As a Patriot fan, I would love to see Mallet get five or six starts next year and absolutely light it up (pun intended).  Although I would hate to see any type of injury to Brady at all.  The Patriots might then be able to trade him for a high first round draft pick.  So far he seems to have kept his mouth shut and acted very professionally.  This is great for his value becasue the main problem with him was his attitude, not his talent.  
  



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2012 6:30 am
 

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

Mallett's a dick-cheese.  That's why this article was written, that's why the Herald wrote their article, and that's why the community is blasting him in this comment section.  Who wants to see some p.o.s. Razorback-pot-smoker find success in the NFL and make millions of dollars doing it...and on the Patriots, no less?!?



Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2012 4:24 am
 

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

This probably has to do with the fact that there was no offseason for Mallett to work with the team and get the system down, he has almost no NFL experience, and Hoyer has shown himself to be a capable QB when called upon.  We also don't tender or franchise big-time Free Agents, and rarely hold on to players like that (Asante Samuel, Deion Branch, Richard Seymour, etc.).  Holding onto a role-player who won't cost us much money is more our style.

It's why I'd be surprised if we resign Welker, as much as I'd love to see it, and we'll probably low-ball the Law-Firm and let him go if someone gives him a decent offer.  It's why we don't have many impact players outside of Brady, because we have to develop them on our own (they're not willing to dish out the big money for established guys).



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