New England Patriots

Sep 19, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) celebrates a touchdown by running back James White (not pictured) with New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer (5) during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to Sunday’s win over the Jets, the Patriots signed Brian Hoyer to a one-year contract, moving him from the practice squad to the active roster. It’s a move that was expected, but still cements Hoyer’s role with the team – and a key role at that, as both the backup and mentor to rookie starting quarterback Mac Jones.

On Monday, Bill Belichick was asked what makes Hoyer a fit for the role. Not only did Belichick answer the question, he raved about the work Hoyer has put in during what is his fourth stint with the Patriots.

“Brian’s done a great job for us in every area. He obviously knows the offense better than anyone, any other player or quarterback, so that’s a big help when executing the play,” Belichick noted. With Cam Newton gone and Jarrett Stidham on IR, Hoyer is the only quarterback who has spent more than just a few months in the Patriots’ system.

In addition, Hoyer’s previous knowledge of the offense has opened the door for Mac Jones to get more opportunities early in his career. “He’s been good and knows the offense well, so Mac has been able to take a lot of reps, but Brian’s been able to go in there and execute the offense when he’s needed to,” Belichick said. “Whether that be in a preseason game or in practice, without taking a ton of reps so that we can give more of those to Mac – so that’s really worked out well, too.”

Belichick continued, noting Hoyer has at times felt like a hybrid player/coach, giving coaching tips that could only be gained from a players point of view. “There’s the coaching version of it, and then as a player, there’s kind of the execution of it,” Belichick explained. “The little things that you remind yourself as a player that a coach sometimes doesn’t – it’s just different when you’re a player and executing the play and a coach trying to explain the play, and I think Brian adds a lot of good insight to that, and how other teams defensively do things because they’re all different.”

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