Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer got a taste of what it's like to be a starting quarterback last season before suffering a torn ACL. This offseason, he's been treated like the starting quarterback, especially after Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell were both released. He is no dummy, though -- he knows that based on the amount of picks the Browns have, they are likely to draft a quarterback.
"It's inevitable that they are going to draft a quarterback," Hoyer said when he was interviewed on the Bull & Fox show on 92.3 the Fan Friday afternoon. "A No. 4 overall, though, I just want them to take the player who is best going to help us win -- whatever position that may be, I want to do what's best for the team. ... If they bring in a quarterback, I don't care who it is, I have enough confidence in myself that I can beat that person out."
Hoyer said that his agent told him he was originally projected to be a fourth- or fifth-round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers. Hoyer ended up going undrafted. Everything might have worked out for the best, though, because the Panthers took Cam Newton the following year, and several years later, Hoyer has a chance to define his legacy with his hometown team. Hoyer said that ever since he got the opportunity to start, he's felt like the starting quarterback of the Browns.
"Since I got hurt in October, I've always felt this was my team, and it just got ripped away from me," said Hoyer, who added that he hasn't been able to talk football yet with the coaching staff and front office, per NFL rules. "I'm dying for April 7th when we can start getting into football again."
The hosts brought up what wide receiver Josh Gordon said the other day about the team's quarterback situation.
"Where did he say that?" asked Hoyer, who was told that Gordon said it on ESPN. "I plan on throwing a lot of passes to Josh this year. He's a great receiver, but I'm glad he's our receiver and not our general manager, though."
Also, who would Hoyer solicit to defend him in a fight? Joe Thomas, Phil Taylor, and Donte Whitner.