Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has been recovering nicely from the ACL tear he suffered in Week 5 against the Buffalo Bills, and he looks ready for a productive offseason. Hoyer will most likely have to fight for a starting job in training camp, as the Browns will almost certainly draft a potential franchise quarterback. While Hoyer would be a solid stopgap solution heading into the final year of his contract, I’m sure the Browns would be willing to start a rookie if he were to beat Hoyer out for the job.
His offseason activities could start as soon as early April, as the Akron Beacon Journal’s Nate Ulrich reports that Hoyer expects to get some work in during the Browns offseason program. They will begin the workout program on the 7th of April, so it will be interesting to see if the 28-year-old starts working out right away. He has already starting running and throwing, so I would be a bit surprised if he didn’t get things going during the offseason program in a couple of weeks.
Former GM Michael Lombardi was higher on Hoyer than just about everyone else in the league, but it’s always seemed like most teams like Hoyer as a backup. Both Mike Pettine and Kyle Shanahan have praised him, and he will play a key role as a mentor and stopgap starter or insurance backup for the team’s next franchise hopeful at quarterback.