Bill Belichick leaves door open for potential Brian Hoyer return

Ryan Hannable
September 01, 2019 - 10:42 am

Although quarterback Brian Hoyer was released Saturday leaving the Patriots with just Tom Brady and rookie Jarrett Stidham at the position, Bill Belichick seemed to leave the door open for a potential return at some point.

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“I thought both players played well in camp. I like both players," he said on a conference call Sunday. "But in the end, there a a number of considerations you have to make so we did what we felt was best for the team. I think Brian is a good player.

"It’s a long season, so we’ll see what happens.”

As a vested veteran, Hoyer has the opportunity to sign with any team he wants and does not need to go through waivers. It's likely he will generate a lot of interest from teams that need backups, but there's a lot to consider with his situation.

As a career backup, the 33-year-old has played for a number of different teams and has been forced to move all over the country. Perhaps it's reached a breaking point with his family that includes young kids and he may be done with all that and therefore not look for other opportunities at the moment. If that were the case, a return to New England certainly would be possible at some point if the team needed him -- whether due to injury, or just a veteran arm for later in the year.

No one knows for sure what Hoyer's mindset is, and maybe he himself doesn't even know.

Hoyer may need a few days to evaluate his options and decide how to proceed.

As for Stidham, he did everything he needed to do this summer to prove he can not only be a successful NFL quarterback one day, but also he has what it takes now to be Brady's lone backup.

"A lot of mistakes," Stidham said of his preseason as a whole. "Good learning, great learning. I've been able to really sit back and watch the film with Josh [McDaniels] and the coaching staff and just figure out what I need to do to get better. That was my whole focus this preseason, was just to get better every single day and continue to grow from game to game."

The Patriots' attention now shifts to Week 1 against the Steelers on Sunday Night Football.

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