Brian Hoyer reportedly coming back to New England for 3rd stint with team

Ryan Hannable
March 22, 2020 - 3:32 pm

Brian Hoyer is back for Round 3.

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According to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe, the Patriots have agreed to terms with Brian Hoyer. This will be his third stint in New England. Hoyer started his career with the Patriots from 2009-11 and then spent half of 2017 backing up Tom Brady replacing Jimmy Garoppolo after he was traded to the 49ers.

Hoyer was released by the Colts on Saturday.

With Brady gone and second-year player Jarrett Stidham in place, it made sense to bring in a veteran. Hoyer is the perfect player since he already has a good understanding of the system. It would seem like the team will give Stidham every chance to be the Week 1 starter, but if he is not ready, Hoyer will step in until he is.

As of now, the Patriots have Stidham, Hoyer, Cody Kessler on the roster at quarterback and it would not be a surprise to see the team draft a rookie as well. 

Also, McBride reports the Patriots have agreed to terms with former Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland. The 28-year-old had 27 tackles and 1.5 sacks last year in 12 games.

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