Now that Brian Hoyer has established himself as the starting quarterback of the Browns for at least the short term, he’s in position to make a case for himself as the long-term answer.
He’ll reach a crossroads in his quest Sunday when the Browns (2-2) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2).
With the Browns seeking their first AFC North win of the season after stumbling to 0-2 in the division, defeating the Steelers in a game of tremendous importance would be a significant item Hoyer could check off his to-do list as he tries to prove he should be more than just a bridge to rookie Johnny Manziel, the 22nd overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.
The story goes on to say that, so far, Hoyer has successfully rebounded from the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered Oct. 3, 2013. Hoyer is 5-2 as a starter for the Browns, and he has only started eight games in his six-year NFL career. He went 3-0 last season, which was abruptly cut short by injury, learned a new offense in the aftermath of a coaching change, held off Manziel during a quarterback competition in the summer and has gone 2-2 this season. Since Hoyer joined the Browns last year, they have averaged 26 points in his seven starts and 17.6 points in all other games. The Browns, however, don’t know Hoyer’s ceiling yet because the sample size is still small. So Hoyer must stay healthy, continue to play well and, above all, win.