Hoyer on Tebow: 'Bring him. Let's go'

One of the chief elements to the theory the New England Patriots would be an ideal destination for Tim Tebow is that the only other quarterback on their depth chart is Brian Hoyer, an undrafted rookie last year.

"Bring him. Let's go," Hoyer told reporters Thursday at Gillette Stadium.

"He's a great player. He's probably the most well-known football player, at least in my time, if not ever. I think he's a great athlete. I think he's a great competitor."

ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss was among the media gathering and posted a blog item on Hoyer's thoughts.

"He's probably over-scrutinized," Hoyer said of Tebow. "You almost feel bad for [him]. You just want him to come out here and get his shot and let him do what he does. But everyone wants to have an opinion, whether it's his throwing motion or what position he's going to play.

"That's really not fair to him. For as successful a quarterback as he was in college football, I feel like he deserves his chance and not to be so scrutinized."

Hoyer was the only QB backup on the Patriots' roster last summer.

In a startling training-camp maneuver, the Patriots waived Kevin O'Connell, a 2008 third-round draft choice. They also cut Matt Gutierrez when they signed veteran free-agent Andrew Walter in August. They released Walter before the season.

Hoyer got into five games last year, completing 19 of 27 passes for 142 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. He rushed for one touchdown.

"There is always going to be competition," Hoyer said. "For me, coming in last year, there was a bunch of guys here. I'll never forget when I was getting recruited at Michigan State, I was like 'You have a bunch of quarterbacks here.' One of the coaches was like, 'There are always going to be quarterbacks wherever you go. You're going to have to compete.' It kind of struck me then.

"No matter what you do, you're going to have to compete against someone. If anything, it pushes me to work harder right now in the weight room, in the [practice] bubble, running and throwing and doing the little extra things."