Hoyer finished the 2020 season with 15 completions on 24 passing attempts for 130 yards and an interception in one appearance. Hoyer did log a start in Week 4, when Cam Newton landed on the reserve/COVID list, but aside from that he served as the team's No. 3 QB for the bulk of the campaign, while Jarrett Stidham settled in as the team's top backup. Like Newton, Hoyer is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and it's uncertain whether team will try to re-sign either veteran signal caller.
Hoyer is inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos. As a result, Jarrett Stidham will back up Cam Newton, who is returning to action Sunday following a one-game absence.
Hoyer is slated return to the No. 2 or 3 quarterback role for the Patriots' Week 6 game against the Broncos after starter Cam Newton, was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. Even if Newton wasn't cleared for Week 6, Hoyer wasn't expected to start Sunday anyway, with Jarrett Stidham likely to have drawn the assignment. After flopping in his turn as a starter in place of Newton in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Broncos, Hoyer could be a healthy inactive moving forward if head coach Bill Belichick elects to roll with Stidham as the top backup quarterback.
The Patriots are expected to go with Jarrett Stidham rather than Hoyer as their starting quarterback for Monday's game against the Broncos in the event Cam Newton isn't cleared to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list in advance of the Week 5 contest, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. According to Michael Giardi and Judy Battista of NFL Network, Newton has been asymptomatic since testing positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 3 and could be cleared to practice Saturday, but he'll first need to submit two negative test results separated by at least 24 hours. If Newton isn't able to clear all COVID-19-related protocols in advance of Monday's game, the Patriots are seemingly prepared to break in their third starting quarterback of the season in Stidham, who relieved a struggling Hoyer in New England's Week 4 loss to the Chiefs. Hoyer completed 15 of 24 attempts for 130 yards, no touchdowns and an interception while taking two sacks and losing a fumble before he was pulled from the contest late in the third quarter of the Patriots' 26-10 loss.
Hoyer completed 15 of 24 passes for 130 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the Patriots' 26-10 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night. He also gained eight yards on his sole rush and lost a fumble before being replaced by Jarrett Stidham late in the third quarter. The veteran quarterback drew the start for Cam Newton (illness), but even Hoyer's extensive experience in coordinator Josh McDaniels' offense couldn't help him to a competent performance against an aggressive KC defense. A miscue ultimately proved his undoing, as Hoyer fumbled at the Chiefs' eight-yard line to short-circuit New England's best drive of the night in the latter portion of the third quarter. That eventually led to Stidham mopping up after that point, and although the second-year signal-caller was guilty of a pick-six on a deflected ball off the hands of Julian Edelman, he may be in line for a Week 5 start against the Broncos over Hoyer if Newton is still sidelined for that contest.
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