New York Jets: Should team acquire Brian Hoyer?
If the New York Jets cannot re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, could acquiring Brian Hoyer be a successful Plan B? It might not be such a bad acquisition since he would fit the Jets’ offense well.
As Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets remain in a stare down over a new contract, the team may soon be forced to seriously consider other options at the quarterback position. Unfortunately for the Jets, an already scarce quarterback is becoming more and more barren. Robert Griffin III, who had visited the Jets, signed with the Cleveland Browns.
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Given the Jets’ shortage in draft picks (six in upcoming draft) and cap space, re-signing Fitzpatrick or trading for a quarterback may be difficult. If the Jets are forced to find a frugal Plan B at quarterback, Brian Hoyer could be their best bet.
At first glance, Hoyer to the Jets does not make a lot of sense. He is currently under contract with the Houston Texans, and his limited resume does not justify a trade. If the Jets decide to trade for a quarterback, Mike Glennon represents a far better option. Glennon is younger, has more upside and is signed to a more affordable contract.
Nov 29, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer (7) warms up before a game against the New Orleans Saints at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
However, with the offseason additions of Brock Osweiler and Brandon Weedon, the Texans have become overcrowded at quarterback. If the team is unable to trade Hoyer, they may outright release him.
Note from @NFLTotalAccess: #Texans and QB Brian Hoyer appear headed for a divorce and both sides sound OK with a fresh start. He's available
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 29, 2016
If Hoyer is released, he suddenly becomes an acceptable option for the Jets. Prior to his brutal implosion in the NFL Playoffs, Hoyer proved that he can be a serviceable starter last season (19 TD’s, 7 INT’s, 60.7 completion %).
If the Jets find themselves unable to afford a better option (ie. Fitzpatrick, Glennon), they may be able to at least bring in Hoyer to compete with Geno Smith. Given Smith’s poor track record, its imperative that the Jets have some kind of insurance option at quarterback in 2016.
While most Jets fans are not excited at the prospect of a Smith-Hoyer duo at quarterback, there are plenty of reasons to hold out hope regardless of who lines up under center. With Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Bilal Powell and newly signed Matt Forte, the team will have a litany of offensive weapons. Combine their offensive firepower with a stringent defense, and the Jets should only need competent quarterback play in order to be successful.
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If all else fails, the Jets should look to Hoyer to provide that competent quarterback play. That way, they can focus on their rushing attack and have an experienced starter that is more than capable of taking care of business at a very affordable price heading into next season.