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Patriots sign Hoyer as Brady’s backup after Garoppolo trade

  • New England Patriots quarterbacks Tom Brady (12) and Brian Hoyer (2) stand on the field during an NFL football practice, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots signed the former 49ers quarterback to be Brady's backup. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

  • New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer (2) passes the ball as offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, right, looks on during an NFL football practice, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots signed the former 49ers quarterback to be Tom Brady's backup. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Steven Senne

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, file photo, New England Patriots quarterbacks Tom Brady (12) and Brian Hoyer (8) run onto the field before an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Denver Broncos in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots announced Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, that they have signed Hoyer, who spent the first three of his nine NFL seasons with New England after originally joining the team as a rookie free agent out of Michigan State in 2009. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) Elise Amendola

  • FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2012, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer (8) celebrates a touchdown during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the New Orleans Saints in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots announced Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, that they have signed Hoyer, who spent the first three of his nine NFL seasons with New England after originally joining the team as a rookie free agent out of Michigan State in 2009. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) Elise Amendola

  • FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2010, file photo, New England Patriots' Brian Hoyer, left, looks for a receiver during the third quarter of the NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Patriots announced Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, that they have signed Hoyer, who spent the first three of his nine NFL seasons with New England after originally joining the team as a rookie free agent out of Michigan State in 2009. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)Sept. 2, 2010, file photo Bill Kostroun



Associated Press
Thursday, November 02, 2017

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady didn’t go without a backup for long.

The Patriots signed former 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer on Wednesday to fill the role, a day after Hoyer was released by San Francisco following its acquisition of Jimmy Garoppolo in a trade with New England.

Hoyer began his career as Brady’s backup in New England in 2009, and has spent time with seven NFL teams during his nine-year career.

He started the first six games this season for the 49ers before being benched for C.J. Beathard. Hoyer now returns to back up a quarterback in Brady that has been one of the most durable signal callers in the league during his career.

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said he anticipates Hoyer, who practiced on Wednesday, will take full advantage of New England’s bye week as he gets up to speed on the playbook. New England’s next game isn’t until Nov. 12 at Denver.

“Brian’s a smart guy. He’s got obviously some years in our system and our terminology,” McDaniels said. “It will be kind of a cram session here. But I don’t expect that to take forever.”

Hoyer, 32, has played in 55 games with 37 starts and has completed 833 of 1,404 passes for 9,853 yards with 48 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.

McDaniels said he wishes nothing but the best for Garoppolo.

“Every player wants to play — I understand that,” he said. “He had a few opportunities here and he did a good job with them, which is why he’s earned the opportunity that he has now.”