Brian Hoyer parlayed a pretty solid stint as the Bears quarterback into a potential starting gig for the 49ers. Hoyer will reunite with Kyle Shanahan, working in an offense he was pretty good in back with the Browns. We've seen the veteran go spells with some nice numbers, only to fall on his face in big-time games. Considering the lack of talent or depth in the 49ers receiving corps, Hoyer is probably in for a difficult season. In typical leagues you might consider Hoyer off waivers when your main quarterback is on bye. In two-quarterback formats he's a third option.
Hoyer completed 15 of 27 passes for 99 yards and one interception during Sunday's 12-9 loss to the Seahawks. Hoyer's interception was particularly demoralizing, as it didn't even appear to be on target and instead went right into the hands of Seahawks MLB Bobby Wagner. If there's any silver lining to Sunday's events, it's that RB Carlos Hyde remained productive and efficient (124 yards on 15 carries) and offers hope the 49ers' passing game could open up more for Hoyer in coming weeks should opposing defenses stack the box more often.
Hoyer completed 24 of 35 passes for 193 yards and an interception during Sunday's 23-3 loss to the Panthers. Hoyer was efficient, but that's probably the only positive that can be taken from Sunday's performance. With that said, most of his throws were high-percentage passes that he should've completed anyway, and he ultimately finished the day with a modest 70.3 passer rating. Next week won't be any easier when the 49ers travel to Seattle to take on a strong Seahawks pass defense.
Hoyer completed 12 of 17 passes for 176 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's 32-31 preseason loss to the Vikings. Hoyer was locked in during what was very likely his last game action of the preseason, connecting with the emerging Marquise Goodwin on a 46-yard scoring strike on the Niners' opening possession before hitting Carlos Hyde for a 24-yard touchdown in the second period. The performance was certainly one that helped validate Hoyer's standing as the starting quarterback, considering he'd turned in a serviceable but modest performance in the first pair of exhibitions. Now with an excellent body of work under his belt, Hoyer is projected to sit out next Thursday's exhibition finale versus the Chargers in advance of the season opener against the Panthers.
Hoyer started the 49ers' first two drives Friday, completing just 1 of 4 passes for three yards in a preseason win over the Chiefs. It was an uneventful debut in red and gold for the journeyman quarterback, as San Francisco's first-string offense struggled to move the ball against an imposing Kansas City defense. That said, Hoyer's performance this preseason will have little impact on his Week 1 status as the 49ers' starting quarterback.
Hoyer looked poised leading the first-team offense during OTAs, in part because of his previous time spent in head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. "It's definitely easier for me to call the plays this time around," the veteran quarterback noted. "I remember last time kind of having to think about it, whereas now I find myself knowing that when Kyle starts to call a play I can kind of put it together. ...It comes naturally to me." Hoyer spent two seasons with Shanahan in Cleveland during the 2014 season, where Shanahan was the offensive coordinator. Hoyer started 13 games that season, registering 3,326 passing yards with 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Now the two reunite in San Francisco after gaining valuable experience over the past two seasons on different teams. Since Hoyer has the base of the offense already down, the veteran quarterback could be in store for a productive fantasy season, especially given Shanahan's quarterback-friendly offensive schemes.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||Los Angeles Rams||4||9.00|
|10||11/12||New York Giants||16||18.00|
|17||12/31||@Los Angeles Rams||4||9.00|
|3 Year Avg||59.5||2462||12||7||23||0||165|