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Friday, May 24, 2013
Hoyer on the life of a Brady backup

By Mike Reiss

Brian Hoyer, who served as the Patriots' No. 2 quarterback from 2009-2011, has landed with the Browns. After an organized team activity this week, Hoyer answered questions from the Cleveland media for the first time, and he touched on what life was like as Tom Brady's backup.

"In my opinion, [Brady's] the best," Hoyer said. "I got to see how he approaches things, how he runs the team, how strict he is on himself and really holds himself to the highest standard. I've seen what it takes to be the best and every time I go out on the field, I try to do the same."

Hoyer also made the point that Brady seldom likes to come out of games, which limited his own time on the field, even late in blowouts. In his three seasons with the Patriots, Hoyer was on the field for 192 snaps, with about one-quarter of those coming in a season finale when the Patriots were resting some key players for the playoffs.

Hoyer also shared thoughts on what he learned in his three years in New England under coach Bill Belichick.

"Playing for that organization, you learn football the right way," he said. "I learned so much there, way more there in my first year than I ever learned in my whole football career leading up to that. So you definitely learn a lot about football and not just offense, but also defense, situational football, things like that."

To read the piece in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, CLICK HERE.