Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Hoyer will start next week

Cleveland Browns backup quarterback Brian Hoyer is no longer the backup following yesterday’s terrific performance to spearhead a key divisional upset over the Cincinnati Bengals, and it doesn’t matter when Brandon Weeden returns from a thumb injury; Hoyer isn’t relinquishing the starting duties unless if he gets injured or suddenly implodes, which I don’t anticipate happening.

According to a source close to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cleveland Browns will start Brian Hoyer for Week 5′s game against the Buffalo Bills, and it should be another win for a seemingly rejuvenated Browns squad. This team is more exciting to watch with Hoyer under center, which is almost hard to believe since Hoyer relies on unexciting, quick, accurate throws. Hoyer’s arm strength is terrible, but he is a decisive QB with excellent accuracy and is able to make good, quick decisions. His play is the best thing that could have happened to Jordan Cameron at this point, and the duo is connecting at a high rate.

Brian Hoyer was 25-38 for 269 yards, two touchdowns, and no picks in yesterday’s big win over the Bengals, and he ended up averaging 7.1 yards per attempt with a completion percentage of 65.8%. Hoyer has the Browns starting gig locked down after that performance, and it goes beyond the fact that the Browns are 2-0; he has helped them win two games that they would have had no business winning with Weeden under center. While he was going up against a weak pass D against the Minnesota Vikings and a severely banged up Cincy secondary, Hoyer was still mightily impressive yesterday and looked better than he did in Week 3; only a severe collapse would cause him to lose the No. 1 job.

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