"After those first two series Ė obviously, the first play and then having a three-and-out Ė we just wanted to get out there and pick up the pace and I think that kind of gets you in the rhythm a little bit and we started to move the ball a little bit better," Hoyer said.
The QB from Michigan State -- now entering his third season as Tom Brady's backup in New England -- talked about the invaluable experience that only game situations can provide.
"I think the more experience you get, the more you can focus on the defense as opposed to trying to think about what the play is, so you can react more," Hoyer said. "And I think thatís what comes with more experience. But like Iíve always said, thereís nothing that compares to real game experience and to get out there for the first game and have some success feels good. And like I said, thereís a long way to go, but itís a good building block."
More from Hoyer's postgame presser:
Q: A little bit of a rough start with the fumble and then the three-and-out, but did anything change after that?
Hoyer: No, I think, obviously, you mentioned the fumble Ė you just have to take care of the ball. We just went out there and started to execute better; thatís all it was. And then really after that, I thought things went pretty well.
Q: How impressed were you with [running back] Stevan Ridley?
Hoyer: He ran the ball really hard. Thatís something weíve seen in practice, so we knew the least you were going to get out of him was that he was going to run it hard. He made some plays and he had a nice catch, so I thought he did really well.
Q: How far has Taylor Price come from last year? He had that great catch in the back of the end zone tonight.
Hoyer: Itís funny because we had that play in practice the other day and it was almost the same catch. I told him, ĎJust like practice.í But he has come a long way. When it comes to game time, he really turns it on. He caught that one slant, he caught the ball by Ryan [Mallett] and turned up field and had a good gain. He comes to play when he gets the opportunity.
Q: Considering the amount of time youíve had in camp so far, can you talk about the play of the offensive line in front of you? The line doesnít usually come together that fast.
Hoyer: Yeah, I thought they did a great job. Whether it was the running plays or the passing plays, I felt like I had a decent amount of time to get back there and throw. You kind of mixed and matched and there were different guys going in there. I think Rich Ohrnberger was at center and he did a good job of leading those guys and making sure they were all on the same page. And like I said, weíd get in the huddle and just say, ĎLetís keep this pace up. Letís get in and out of the huddle and try to wear these guys down.í
Q: Are you happy with where you are at this stage of the preseason?
Hoyer: I mean, I think obviously Iím going to see things tomorrow in the film that I wish I would have done better. But for the first game, to come out and move the ball, throw it around a little bit, lead the offense Ė I thought it was good, but thereís a long way to go. I wish I would have thrown the ball better to Taylor [Price] on the touchdown pass. Iíve got to put it in front of him, and that's something that just comes with repetition, so I think weíve got a long way to go. Itís a good building block though.
Q: Did you feel comfortable with the tempo of the offense?
Hoyer: Thatís what I was saying before. You go out there for the first play, complete the pass and then turn it over Ė thatís something, obviously, you donít want to do. But from then on you have to bounce back, you know, and I missed the throw to Julian [Edelman]; I threw a little high. But then after that series, like you said, the tempo, the pace, we picked it up. We got into the huddle and just said, ĎLetís get in and out. Letís have a good tempo out there and just really attack those guys.í
Q: Can you talk about [offensive tackle] Nate Solder?
Hoyer: I thought the whole line in general [played well]. There werenít too many times when I felt rushed or got hit after a throw, so usually when that happens it means those guys are doing pretty well. And I donít really remember anything coming from the left side, so like said, when youíre not feeling a lot of pressure, youíre assuming that the O Line is doing a good job.