Yet, the truth is that, every September or October, you can usually look back at this stuff and laugh.
We’ll keep it coming. But for some guys, the reps taken out there are more important. And for no one are these days more important than the backup quarterbacks. Particularly for a guy like Brian Hoyer, who’s making that first-to-second-year leap, now entrenched as the second option at the most important position.
“Now, you want to get to the point where you can just play and react, instead of having to think so much,” Hoyer said the other day. “And I think I’m coming along there. But I’ve got a lot of work to do. You’re just out here in helmets, you’re not in pads and everything, so you can’t really get a good feel of how that it is. But I do feel like I can out there and just play and react, instead of having to think about who’s running which route or what the procetion is.”
Maybe it’s just me, but I think Hoyer’s been impressive. He’s decisive, and possesses the kind of quick release that’s important at the pro level. He also seems to be more in command, another vital trait at the position.
What’s clear: The Patriots like him. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have gone with him as the only quarterback behind Tom Brady last year.
This year, things are a little different. Hoyer took reps with the first team in spots yesterday, and those are important, since they’re fewer and farther between the closer you get to the season, but necessary to prepare for the worst case scenario.
“You’re rotating in anyways, so you just gotta be ready whenever,” Hoyer said. “As a rookie, you’re not gonna get as many reps, so you just gotta be ready at a moment’s notice, so when you get in, you have to be able to take advantage of those opportunities.”
Obviously, right now, it’s about making all those snaps count for Hoyer, and all these days count.
The good news is he’s putting the work in. He’s put on weight, and cut down his body fat, and hopes to put on a fewer more pounds before training camp starts. After the season ended in January, he took two weeks off, then got right back to work.
He’s taking it seriously, that’s for sure. And we should get to see a lot more of him over the next few months.