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Hoyer excited to return to Patriots for a fourth season

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  April 9, 2012 03:07 PM

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Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer is happy to be staying with New England for another season, his fourth since the team signed him as an undrafted rookie in 2009 out of Michigan State.

The Pats' only restricted free agent this offseason, Hoyer was tendered by the team at the second-round level. With so many teams in need of a good starter at the position, it was assumed that there would be interest in him; though he got just 12 snaps and one pass attempt in relief of Tom Brady last season, the Patriots believe Hoyer is ready to be a starter. However, there was tepid interest, and New England was unwilling to part with Hoyer for a low-round draft pick.

Unlike other years, none of the restricted free agents in the league received offer sheets from other clubs.

So Hoyer signed his tender over two weeks ago and will remain as Brady's top backup for another year.

"It's exciting to be back and it's behind me now and I'm back at the facility working out and getting ready to start back up officially next week. I'm just excited to get back to work," he said.

Hoyer didn't worry too much about whether another team would come calling for him.

"I let my agent handle that, and I waited for him to tell me what was going on and he said, 'Go sign the tender'. And I went and signed it, and it was good for me because I wanted to get back in the facility and start working out anyway."

Hoyer has at least one big change coming: his wife, Lauren, is pregnant with their first child and is due any day.

Hoyer and former Patriot offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi were at Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Central Falls, R.I. this afternoon to read to the students there and stress the importance of literacy and working hard in school.

Andruzzi admitted that he is in early stages of writing a biography about his playing days as well as, as he told the students, getting through adversity -- which no doubt means his diagnosis with and triumph over Burkitt's lymphoma, a form of cancer.

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