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Niner Nation Jun 15, 2018
Garoppolo, Sherman give 49ers leadership they sorely lacked

Garoppolo, Sherman give 49ers leadership they sorely lacked

Back in August of last year, I was on hand for a 49ers training camp practice and wrote an article about it here on Niners Nation. One of the major things I noticed (besides some decent Brian Hoyer accuracy that would never come to fruition in the regular season), was a significant lack of energy and leadership. Afterward, I overheard one reporter describe it: “as boring a practice as I’ve ever seen.” It was. It was lethargic; it lacked enthusiasm, direction, and any semblance of a true team. To be fair, it was practically a group of strangers coming together on both the coaching...
www.bostonherald.com Jun 7, 2018

Rookie cornerback J.C. Jackson covers all bases in early days of Patriots minicamp

FOXBORO — Rookie cornerback J.C. Jackson is getting a workshop introduction to NFL wide receivers.The free agent out of Maryland participated in man coverage against the best split ends on the Patriots roster during Day 2 of minicamp yesterday.Jackson played on the right flank opposite Stephon Gilmore with the Patriots first defense in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills orchestrated across the line by quarterbacks Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer.Over the course of the noncontact practice, Jackson went man-up against Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson, Jordan Matthews and Chris...
www.bostonherald.com Jun 6, 2018
Rob Gronkowski back to fun and games with the Patriots

Rob Gronkowski back to fun and games with the Patriots

FOXBORO — Brian Hoyer’s pass down the left sideline into double coverage would have been a prayer to most receivers, but when it’s Rob Gronkowski, you can never count anything out.And as if we needed any reminder of the Patriots tight end’s absurd athletic ability as he made his long awaited return to practice yesterday, here it was.Defensive backs Jordan Richards and Damarius Travis were in good position, draped all over Gronkowski as the ball arrived, but that didn’t matter. The overpowering tight end leapt over both of them and snatched the pass with two hands as he made his way...
Pats Pulpit Jun 5, 2018
Patriots roster breakdown: QB Brian Hoyer

Patriots roster breakdown: QB Brian Hoyer

The veteran backup faces some competition this year. The New England Patriots, who start their 2018 mandatory minicamp today, currently have the maximum of 90 players on their active roster. However, only 53 of them will be able to survive the cutdowns on September 1 and ultimately make the team. Over the next weeks, we will take a look at the players fighting for those spots to find out who has the best chances of helping the Patriots recapture the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Today, the series starts with the player wearing the lowest-issued jersey number right now: backup quarterback Brian...
Pats Pulpit May 31, 2018
Patriots OTAs: Day five recap; Brian Hoyer the top quarterback with Tom Brady still out

Patriots OTAs: Day five recap; Brian Hoyer the top quarterback with Tom Brady still out

Notes and musings from the second open OTA practice. For the second day in a row, the New England Patriots held an organized team activity workout on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium. Today's OTA session was the team's fifth overall but just the second one open to the media. Let's recap the action. Attendance Nine players were not spotted: QB Tom Brady, TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Malcolm Mitchell, WR Cody Hollister, RB Brandon Bolden, OG Joe Thuney, CB Cyrus Jones, FS David Jones, SS Nate Ebner. (source) The following players were spotted but limited: WR Braxton Berrios, OT Isaiah...
Pats Pulpit May 25, 2018
Can rookie quarterback Danny Etling win a roster spot with the Patriots?

Can rookie quarterback Danny Etling win a roster spot with the Patriots?

Etling is a camp arm until proven otherwise. New England Patriots rookie quarterback Danny Etling has an uphill battle to make the roster as a seventh round pick. There’s no guarantee he’ll make the team with both Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer ahead on the depth chart and because of Bill Belichick’s willingness to carry just two quarterbacks. In all likelihood, Etling is destined for the practice squad as the scout team arm. But there’s a spot on the active roster with Etling’s name on it if he can develop over the course of the summer and show an upside that the Patriots can’t risk...
Pats Pulpit May 24, 2018
Patriots QB Brian Hoyer’s NFL journey reinforced by the list of targets he’s completed passes to

Patriots QB Brian Hoyer’s NFL journey reinforced by the list of targets he’s completed passes to

Brian Hoyer has completed 837 passes since entering the league in 2009 – and to 71 different recipients. The “journeyman” tag gets a lot of run when it comes to veteran backup quarterbacks. Brian Hoyer has worn it well. There were 11 passers taken in the 2009 NFL draft, and while the Michigan State product was not one of them, he’s gone on to complete more passes in his career than all but first-round picks Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez and Josh Freeman have in theirs. Stafford has logged 3,005 completions with the Detroit Lions since arriving No. 1 overall via Georgia. Sanchez,...
ClutchPoints May 22, 2018
Patriots QB Brian Hoyer claims Tom Brady’s absence is not a distraction ‘in any way’

Patriots QB Brian Hoyer claims Tom Brady’s absence is not a distraction ‘in any way’

Tom Brady has once again become a topic of discussion around the New England Patriots after he elected to skip out on voluntary OTAs to begin this week, which has brought forth questions concerning his standing with the organization. What has further stood out about this decision from Brady is that it has been a […] The post Patriots QB Brian Hoyer claims Tom Brady’s absence is not a distraction ‘in any way’ appeared first on ClutchPoints.
www.bostonherald.com May 22, 2018
Guregian: With Brady missing, it’s not a pretty picture in Foxboro

Guregian: With Brady missing, it’s not a pretty picture in Foxboro

FOXBORO — The lasting image from the practice field behind Gillette Stadium was just about what you’d expect from a Patriots passing camp that was missing Tom Brady.Picture MacAulay Culkin with his hands clasped against his cheeks, screaming in that famous “Home Alone” covershot.That might be a bit over-dramatic, but you get the point. It wasn’t pretty.At different junctures, it was difficult to watch the offense as the second day of OTAs once again commenced without Brady. The toughest assignment of the day seemed to be completing a pass during 11-on-11 drills.Brian Hoyer,...

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