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New England Patriots sign QB Brian Hoyer to 1-year deal

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Jul 28, 2021; Foxborough, MA, United States; New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer (5) during training camp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 28, 2021; Foxborough, MA, United States; New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer (5) during training camp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots signed quarterback Brian Hoyer to a one-year contract and promoted the veteran backup from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, ESPN reported Saturday.

Hoyer and rookie starter Mac Jones are the only QBs on the active roster for Sunday’s game between the Patriots (0-1) and host New York Jets (0-1).

Hoyer, 35, is in his seventh season with New England. He played with the Patriots from 2009-11, then again in 2018 and 2020. He was also with the team for part of 2017.

This is his 13th NFL season, having also played for Arizona (2012), Cleveland (2013-14), Houston (2015), Chicago (2016), San Francisco (2017) and Indianapolis (2019).

Hoyer has played in 70 regular-season games (39 starts), completing 59.2 percent of his 1,501 pass attempts for 10,404 yards, 52 touchdowns and 35 interceptions.

The Patriots released veteran quarterback Cam Newton, a former league MVP, on Aug. 31.

Jones, the first-round pick from Alabama, completed 29 of 39 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown in last week’s season-opening 17-16 loss to the visiting Miami Dolphins.

–Field Level Media