Now that the Jets are ready to make their new, young starting quarterback, they are trying to figure out who his veteran will be.
Brian Hoyer, who has played for seven teams for 12 seasons, is visiting the Jets on Wednesday, according to a source. The 35-year-old Hoyer played for the Patriots last season, starting a game.
Hoyer is aware of the Jets’ new offense. He played for the Browns in 2014, when Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator and Jets offensive coordinator Mike Lafler was an intern. He also started six games for the 2017 49ers with Shanahan as head coach and LaFleur as coordinator of the passing games. Jet coach Robert Saleh was the 49’s defensive coordinator and saw Hoyer up close. Hoyer rose 0-6 this season in San Francisco before Jimmy Garopolo took office.
The backup defender is a necessity of the Jets. After trading with Sam Darnold on Monday, the Jets have only James Morgan and Mike White in position. Neither of them clicked in an NFL game. The Jets are expected to draw BYU quarterback Zack Wilson at No. 2 overall after three weeks of the 2021
In his career, Hoyer has played for the Patriots, Cardinals, Browns, Texas, Bears, 49th and Colts, mostly as a reserve. He has started 39 games and is 16-23 as a starter.
The Jets have had problems at the backup in recent years. They haven’t won a game started by a backup quarterback since 2016, when Bryce Petty won a game in San Francisco. Since then they are 0-15 with a backup start. Joe Flaco served as Darnold’s reserve last season, losing his four starts. Flaco signed with the Eagles as a free agent this off-season.