FOXBOROUGH, Mass.; – The New England Patriots released veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer on Saturday, which means rookie Jarrett Stidham will be a top backup for Tom Brady.
The decision was one of the most important for the Patriots Saturday in trimming their roster of 53 players, with Steadham picking up speed in the preseason since Hoyer has not played in the last two games of the team.
Patriots coach Bill Belikik has generally preferred to carry only two offsets in recent years because it allows him to keep a player in a position that may have a better chance of contributing on game day. The club held three discounts in 2011 and 2016 after drafting quarterback Ryan Mallet (& # 39; 1
Steadham, a fourth-round pick from Auburn, completed the preseason 61-of-90 for 731 yards, with four sensors and one interception. He played 218 snaps in the preseason, a high overall score that gave Belikick, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and staff members an expanded rating to make a critical decision.
"Jarrett is a good kid. He loves football. He is a hard worker. He makes mistakes every day, everyone makes them rookies and he gets better," McDaniels said on Monday. "He has a great attitude, a lot of thinking about him. He never gets discouraged, which is a great trait to have as a young man."
McDaniels was also highly praised for 33-year-old Hoyer, calling him "as good a leader as I saw as a backup quarterback."
Deepening the depth behind Brady comes with risk, as Brady looks like the first 42-year-old quarterback to start all 16 games in the regular season.
Hoyer was cited by Patriots players as a key factor in helping them prepare for Super Bowl LIII and other games as a scout team. Hoyer was also effective in the 2019 pre-season, finishing 18 for 22 for 202 yards, with two touchdowns and one touchdown.
With several teams around the NFL looking to strengthen their quarterback position, Hoyer can find an active market. The Denver Broncos are one of the teams interested in Hoyer, according to ESPN's Dianna Russini sources. Hoyer also said a few weeks ago that he is very grateful for his time with the Patriots, so if the club is open to returning him as a third option after the initial roster noise this weekend, it may be something he  "With the kind of career I've had, you're just worried about the present. And you like it, especially as part of that organization," he said. "With the ups and downs I've been through over the years, being here again and being part of something as special as this, I appreciate it a lot more than I think I ever knew I could have the first time I was here (2009-11). "