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Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:22 pm
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: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:30 am

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

well, my hope (as a Redskin fan) is that the Patroits are willing to trade Mallett, but i dont see him being dealt. my guess is they kept him because he knows the offense better and they see Mallett as more of the future.

Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:45 pm

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

Why have Mallet over Hoyer anyway? I know he can really get the ball down the field, but Hoyer is the more experienced guy in the spot right now. Mallet has plenty of time to progress.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:25 pm

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

mallet is a squirrwl very immature, but 6 6 and an arm like that can make it in the nfl if he getsthe right coaching and the right team. to me he has a better chance to be a good qb than tebos. he is suited for the pro style offence. these coaches (andi dont blame them) want to keep their jobs so they wont take a chance and let a guy develop. the chief would be better off getting mallett than keeping cssell. cassell will never be more than an average qb.

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:01 pm

Spygate? Still?

lets see, since Spygate, the pats have gone 16-0, 11-5, 10-6, 14-2, and 13-3. Thats 64-16, for a winning percentag of .750, and two super bowls. I think you can say thats continued good coaching from Belichick. Time to give it rest, haters

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:44 pm

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

StopWhining...consider your buttons pushed...LMFAO!

Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 9:34 pm

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

Terrible article full of pure vile speculation.  Maybe the Patriots just want to keep Hoyer becasue they feel he is a good player. The Patriots have been right about quarterbacks before, haven't they?  
Why the attack on Mallett?  Why bring up artlicels from over a year ago?  Why would you even bother repeating a rumor form "sources" at the Boston Herald?  Mallet may or may not be ready to step in immediately and play well (Maybe they have failth in Mallet but more faith in Hoyer).  What is clear is that there is a lot of vile in this article.

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:41 pm

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

Clergyjack you got some real Patriot-envy going on huh? Or is it a Boston-envy thing you got going on? I'll tell you what you should just move up here and then you can have it all too!!!

West Coast Guy
Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:29 pm
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Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:29 pm

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

Clergyjack , Reading your posts , i can come to only one conculision , that you my god man are a Idiot of the Highest order

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:06 pm

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

the rat should have been hung by his thumbs.

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