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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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Comments

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:26 pm
 

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

Not sure this says so much about Mallett as it does about Hoyer. Hoyer has been a fantastic backup since he got here. The feeling among Patriots fans that I have talked to is that if Hoyer ever gets a real, legit starting shot, he's got a very good chance to be a very good starting QB in the league.

Who knows if that's true, but no matter how much you like Mallett, OF COURSE you want to keep the backup who you think could start on half the teams in the league.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:19 pm
 

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

So MegaBrocK...you respond as if cheating up in Beantown never took place.

Truth is, I recently heard an interview with both Kurt Warner and Marshall Falk talking about the Spygate Super Bowl.  Both of these guys have significantly more integrity than Belicheat...everyone in the world knows that!

They both said that they came off the field after each offensive series saying, "It almost seems like they know exactly what play we are going to run...snap counts and all!"

They went on to say that they definitely "Felt Cheated" in retrospect.

So say I'm not an Adult...go ahead...while you're at it "Stick Your Head in the Sand" too!

Or better yet...why don't you do an anatomical impossibility...think about it...give it a few minutes...you'll figure it out! 



Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:50 pm
 

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

clergyjack is definitely NOT an adult.  go back to school.



Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:44 pm
 

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

$3M bucks? Not bad for a guy that went undrafted and has barely seen action in the NFL. I'm not sure if I believe in Mallet much anymore. Arkansas's backup QB stepped in that one game and lit the other team up. Seems like just a great Petrino system.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:23 pm
 

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

Seems to me if the Patsies want to win another Super Bowl it would behoove them to figure out how to tape opposing team practices via satellite, as opposed to actual in stadium video recording.

Belicheat will find a way...satellites Bill! 



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:44 pm
 

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

For instance, during Super Bowl XLVI after Tom Brady took a sack from , 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.

What? Brady would have went back out even if his non throwing arm was torn off. Hoyer blows in comparison to Mallet. This might be a good thing for Mallet. He might get a shot sooner than he expected.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:32 pm
 

Sounds like the Patriots want to keep Brian Hoyer

Take him in a heart beat, kid has the besy arm in last years draft. Going to look great in a seahawk jersey!


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