New England Patriots

Brian Hoyer, of the New England Patriots, looks for an open teammate, at MetLife Stadium. Sunday, August 29, 2021

Mac Jones didn’t just win the Patriots’ starting quarterback job, he found himself the lone QB on the team’s roster.

However, a familiar face is returning to join him, as veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer is rejoining the Patriots, according to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. According to Guregian, Hoyer will rejoin the Patriots on the team’s practice squad.

Guregian’s report comes after a similar report from MMQB’s Albert Breer, who wrote that the Patriots “are indeed planning to re-sign Brian Hoyer ahead of Week 1.” Hoyer’s return was speculated after his release on Tuesday.

The practice squad note is certainly interesting, and seems to be some crafty roster maneuvering on the part of the Patriots, as practice squad players can be elevated to the main roster without counting against the team’s 53-man roster for two games a season. In other words, the Patriots are likely to simply elevate Hoyer from the practice squad for the first two games of the 2021 season, and then sign him to the main roster for the remainder of the 2021 campaign.

It’s just another piece of the jigsaw puzzle currently being solved by Bill Belichick & Co., which will also need to open up a roster spot for newly-claimed offensive weapon Malcolm Perry between now and the team’s Week 1 opener with Miami.

Once the 35-year-old Hoyer’s signing and seemingly inevitable promotion to the main squad is official, he will resume what is his third stint with the Patriots. Signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2009, Hoyer beat out three other quarterbacks for the backup job. After spending time as a journeyman starter he returned as Tom Brady’s backup following the Jimmy Garoppolo trade in 2017 and 2018. His current stint began in 2020, after spending 2019 with the Colts.

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