August 29, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer (8) drops back to pass during the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

New England Patriots waive Brian Hoyer

In a surprising move, the New England Patriots have waived backup quarterback Brian Hoyer, which is a huge vote of confidence for second-year QB Ryan Mallett. While Mallett does have potential, Hoyer is an accurate passer and a more sure-handed backup, but there is no doubt that Mallett is the guy for the future.

Hoyer had one year left on his contract with the Patriots and has something to offer for an NFL team as a quality veteran backup. The Green Bay Packers could be a team interested, as well as any team looking for a quarterback who can hit short and intermediate routes.

Overall, Hoyer had a disappointing preseason by completing just 46.8% of his passes and looking underwhelming; he didn’t look like a poised veteran. Bill Belichick said that the backup quarterback competition was “tight” yesterday between them.

Most people, including me, thought that the triumvirate of Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer, and Ryan Mallett was set to make the Patriots 53-man roster. Not so, apparently, and it’s pretty surprising overall. Mallett was better this preseason, but Hoyer is a capable backup with more experience. I guess Belichick really liked what he saw from Mallett this offseason, so much so that he is willing to release Hoyer. We’ll see where he ends up next after an offseason in which he was tendered at a second-round level. That’s a huge fall.

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