Patriots Release Veteran QB Brian Hoyer, Rookie Jarrett Stidham Heir Apparent

New England Patriots Release Veteran QB Brian Hoyer, Rookie Jarrett Stidham Heir Apparent

The second Brian Hoyer era in New England has come to an end.

Hoyer now 33-years-old has been reportedly released by the Patriots on Saturday ahead of the NFL’s 4 pm 53-man roster deadline. This was Hoyer’s second time around in New England after signing as a free agent back in October of 2017.

The former undrafted rookie free agent started his NFL career with the Patriots in 2009 before being released on the roster deadline day prior to the start of the 2012 NFL season.

Since coming back to the Patriots Hoyer has appeared in 10 games, 0 starts, attempting 8 passes with 5 completions for 49 passing yards. In his NFL career Hoyer ha appeared in 65 NFL games with 37 starts racking up 9,902 career passing yards and a 48-30 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

With the Hoyer news it means that the only other QB on the Patriots roster outside of Tom Brady is rookie QB Jarrett Stidham.

The fourth round pick out of Auburn completed 61 of 90 attempts during preseason action with a QBR of 102.6 which ranked 7th amongst the eligible QB’s in the preseason. Stidham threw for 731 yards with 4 passing touchdowns and had 1 pass intercepted.

The young QB also ranked 24th in the NFL for rushing yards during the preseason with 17 rushing attempts for 88 yards.

Stidham certainly saw a lot of preseason action and he showed a lot of promise late in games. His QBR in the 4th quarter of preseason action ticked up to 117. 7, 4th in the NFL.
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NFL Rumors: Recently-Released QB Brian Hoyer Already Getting Plenty Of Interest

Brian Hoyer probably won’t be unemployed for long.
In a somewhat surprising move, the New England Patriots made Hoyer one of their casualties as they trim their roster down to 53. In doing so, Jarrett Stidham will be the lone backup for Tom Brady.

Although Hoyer never has been a particularly good starting quarterback, he’s cemented himself as one of the NFL’s better backups. And with plenty of teams around the league making moves under center, thus opening up vacancies in some cases, Hoyer appears to be drawing plenty of interest — with the Denver Broncos among the teams with piqued interest.

The Broncos believe “it could be a challenge landing” Brian Hoyer but remain interested
— Dianna (@diannaESPN) August 31, 2019

Another destination floated by many is the Indianapolis Colts, who will have Jacoby Brissett as the starter and Chad Kelly as the backup with Andrew Luck now retired. At the moment though, nothing beyond speculation has emerged.
Hoyer should know his fate soon, but he probably can rest assured there’s a job out there for him.
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Should Patriots Pursue Dwayne Allen After Dolphins Cut Tight End?

Given the current state of the New England Patriots’ tight end room, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them add to that group in the coming weeks.
One potential candidate: old friend Dwayne Allen, whose brief stint in Miami came to an end Saturday.
The Dolphins released Allen with an injury settlement after he struggled to stay healthy this summer, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He is free to sign with any team.

Allen contributed little in the passing game during his two seasons in New England (13 catches, 126 yards, one touchdown in 29 games; zero on zero targets in six playoff games), but he was a physical and reliable run blocker while serving as Rob Gronkowski’s No. 2.
Allen told ESPN’s Josina Anderson he’s still recovering from offseason knee surgery and might not immediately sign with another team, but if he heals properly and is willing to return to Foxboro, the 29-year-old could provide a nice boost to what might be the Patriots’ weakest position group.

Dwayne Allen to me on MIA moving on: "They got younger guys they want to invest more time in. They decided to let me go, but I appreciate the opportunity that they gave me. There r teams calling, but we will see. I had an offseason knee surgery that I need to heal up from." Cont.
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) August 31, 2019

2/2 Dwayne Allen to me on the phone [Cont]: "…..I love the game of football. It’s a great gift to all us all, but I will take some time to think about my future. I know at some point I want to go back to school."
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) August 31, 2019

The Patriots reportedly released Stephen Anderson, Eric Saubert and Andrew Beck ahead of Saturday’s roster cutdown deadline, leaving Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse as their only remaining tight ends who will be available for Week 1. Ben Watson (four games) and Lance Kendricks (one game) both are facing suspensions and will not count against the team’s 53-man roster until they return.
Izzo, a 2018 seventh-round pick who spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve, performed well as a blocker and pass-catcher during the preseason. LaCosse entered training camp as the Patriots’ projected Week 1 starter but has not played since suffering an injury in New England’s preseason opener.
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Liverpool Vs. Burnley: Reds Maintain Winning Start With Victory

Liverpool sealed a club record 13th consecutive league victory to extend their winning start to the season with a 3-0 success at Burnley on Saturday night.

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s deflected cross off Chris Wood gave the Reds the lead just after the half-hour before Sadio Mane doubled the advantage soon after, finishing smartly from Roberto Firmino’s through pass at Turf Moor.
Firmino got himself on the scoresheet with 10 minutes remaining to secure the outcome when he emphatically swept in from the edge of the area.
The result means Liverpool sign off for the international break at the top of the Premier League table with four wins from four, setting a new club landmark in the process – surpassing the 12-in-a-row sequence set by Kenny Dalglish’s team of 1990.
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NFL Rumors: Details Of Jadeveon Clowney-Laremy Tunsil Trade That Was Nixed

Jadeveon Clowney reportedly is set to join the Seattle Seahawks, but there indeed were discussion between the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins.
From the beginning,the Dolphins were one of the rumored destinations, but after meeting with Miami earlier in the week, Clowney’s reported interest continued diminishing. Furthermore, one of the roadblocks in a potential deal was the inclusion of Laremy Tunsil. The Texans desperately need offensive line help, but the Dolphins wanted more than just Clowney in order to give him up.

It wouldn’t have mattered anyway, as Clowney reportedly nixed a deal to the Dolphins. Still, The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson shared some info on the deal that was beginning to take shape, and it was quite hefty.

To make this clear from 2 people with direct knowledge: Dolphins asked for 2 very high picks and Clowney to consider trading Tunsil. Houston was moving in that direction but Clowney refusal to come to Miami scuttled that.
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) August 31, 2019

In the trade with the Seahawks, the Texans reportedly got two linebackers and a third-round pick back, a return that they got flamed for on Twitter.
As for the Seahawks, well their defense is looking pretty good right about now.

Making Jarrett Stidham Backup QB To Tom Brady Was Right Move For Patriots

Apparently, the writing really was on the wall when Jarrett Stidham, not Brian Hoyer, backed up Tom Brady in the New England Patriots’ third preseason game.
Despite a quality showing in two preseason games, the Patriots reportedly released Brian Hoyer on Saturday during roster cuts.

The Patriots could have pulled the sentimental move by keeping Hoyer around one more year to finish out his contract. It’s the one that Brady probably would have found more favorable. But roster spots are valuable, and Stidham did more than enough this summer to prove he’s a capable backup as a fourth-round pick.
Stidham went 61-of-90, completing 67.8 percent of his passes for 731 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. He threw for 8.1 yards per attempt and a 102.6 passer rating. He also rushed 17 times for 81 yards.
Stidham was better than Jimmy Garoppolo when the 2014 second-round pick-turned-49ers starting quarterback was a rookie. The Patriots cut Ryan Mallett and made Garoppolo the backup to Brady in 2014. This is a similar move.
Stidham finished second among qualified quarterbacks in Pro Football Focus’ accuracy percentage metric this preseason. He was sixth in PFF’s deep accuracy rate metric. He wasn’t perfect. His lone interception came when he was hit while throwing, but he could have tossed a couple of turnover-worthy balls that were dropped by defenders.
But overall, Stidham showed high potential.
Brady is entering the last year of his contract, which means the quarterback position is a question mark in 2020, whether you want to hear it or not. Having Stidham play third fiddle behind Brady and Hoyer would have meant stunting the young quarterback’s growth. Stidham needs all of the reps he can get to reach his ceiling as fast as possible if that thing that no one wants to talk about actually happens.
While it’s still unlikely, there’s at least a possibility that Stidham could be the Patriots’ starter next season. Having him toil behind Hoyer would have been illogical with the look to the future.
But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Stidham now will be asked to be the Patriots’ scout-team quarterback. It’s not an easy task. Hoyer was great in that role over the last two seasons. But let’s not pretend it will be make-or-break for the Patriots. New England managed to win Super Bowl XLIX when Garoppolo, who was a year removed from playing in an FCS offense without a playbook, was leading the scout team while pretending to be Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
And no one wants to think about the possibility that Brady could get hurt in 2019 as a 42-year-old starting quarterback. But now, if it happened, Stidham would be asked to take over the top QB role. The rookie offers a higher ceiling and lower floor than Hoyer as a starter.
The Patriots now can keep an additional player who should be able to help the team in 2019 while a third quarterback likely would not. The Patriots are taking a slight risk in cutting Hoyer. But clearly, they believe it’s one that could pay off down the road.

NFL Rumors: Patriots Cut Brian Hoyer, Make Jarrett Stidham Backup QB

Bill Belichick evidently liked what they saw from rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham this preseason.
The New England Patriots on Saturday released veteran signal-caller Brian Hoyer during final roster cuts, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Caplan.

Hoyer had been Tom Brady’s top backup since returning to New England midway through the 2017 season. His release means the Patriots will enter the 2019 campaign with Brady and Stidham as the only players on their QB depth chart.
The 33-year-old Hoyer played well early in the preseason (18 of 22, 202 yards, two touchdowns, one interception in wins over the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans) but did not play in either of the Patriots’ final two exhibition games.
Stidham, a fourth-round draft pick out of Auburn, relieved Brady during the team’s third preseason contest, then went wire to wire in Thursday’s finale, completing 18 of 28 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns with one interception against the New York Giants.

Northwestern Vs. Stanford Live Stream: Watch NCAA Week 1 Game Online

Week 1 of the college football season will roll on with a matchup featuring big programs that have plenty of uncertainties.
Stanford is set to host Northwestern on Saturday afternoon at Stanford Stadium.
Both teams have major question marks on offense, but feature decent defenses. As a result, college football analysts all over have struggled to predict how this one will pan out, meaning we could be in for a good one.
Here’s how to watch Saturday’s Northwestern-Stanford game.
When: Saturday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m.
Live stream: FuboTV | FOX Sports Live

NFL Rumors: Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys Contract Negotiations ‘Intensifying’

Maybe Ezekiel Elliott’s holdout won’t last into the regular season after all.
The Dallas Cowboys’ star running back held out during the preseason as he searches for a new contract, and it appears he and his team are ready to really hit the negotiating table.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared the latest on the current state of negotiations.

Here's the news Dallas has wanted: Talks between the Cowboys and RB Ezekiel Elliott are intensifying, with both sides aiming to wrap up a new deal this weekend, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2019

Last week, Elliott appeared to hint at the desired value of his contract, and it’s not far-fetched to assume he could become the highest-paid running back in the game.
With Elliott, the Cowboys have a pretty electric offense, so even if the price is high it is a no-brainer for them to sign him so they can capitalize on their current window.
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Texans Get Flamed On Twitter For Abysmal Jadeveon Clowney Trade Return

The Houston Texans should be a pretty good football team, but their refusal to invest in the offensive line likely will sink them.
Houston’s OL stinks out loud, and it’s going to get their remarkably gifted quarterback, Deshaun Watson, killed one day.

They had a prime opportunity to bolster their offensive line when star pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney requested a trade. At long last, the Texans got a deal done, reportedly sending Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday.
At first, the Texans’ return reportedly was a third-round pick and two players. It later was reported that the two players both were linebackers, and that led to Houston getting destroyed on Twitter.

— J Mills (@JamesKMillsIII) August 31, 2019

— curlyasian (@curlyasian85) August 31, 2019
— CobosQue (@CobosQue) August 31, 2019
— Mike Jones (@MJTexas4Ever) August 31, 2019
— Bryan (@BryanReyess23) August 31, 2019

Maybe one of them will one day be good! They could even be a Clowney!
— Kevin Choi (@kev1nchoi) August 31, 2019

Jon Gruden:
— The Dawgzilla (@TheDawgzilla) August 31, 2019

JJ watt is the football equivalent of Mike Trout. Great loyal player surrounded by trash because his ownership is so dumb.
— Շђє D✭LL✭S D✭PiFɆɌ (@fanofsport4u) August 31, 2019

I’m suing
— Fat Rambo (@matt32htx) August 31, 2019

Yeah, not great.