Brian Hoyer: I don’t think I’d still be here if I wasn’t a good player

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Quarter Brian Hoyer, at 36 years of age, is anticipated to get his fortieth occupation get started in opposition to the Packers on Sunday, changing injured Patriots starter Mac Jones. For Hoyer, it’s no other than every other week.

“My approach is the same always,” Hoyer informed journalists on Wednesday. “Whether I get reps or I don’t get reps, you all the time were given to be able to play. As we noticed on Sunday, you’re just one play away. I imply, that used to be the final offensive play of the sport [when Jones was injured}, so it didn’t really come up that day. But, it’s the nature of your job and the business that we’re in. Always try to be as prepared as I can, whether I’m taking every rep in practice or I’m taking none. It’s just a day-by-day process and how we’re handling it and go from there.”

At one point, a reporter pointed out that Hoyer is still a good player.

Said Hoyer: “I don’t think I’d still be here if I wasn’t, so. . . .”

Jones could still play despite a reported high-ankle sprain. For now, Hoyer is taking the first-team reps at practice, in place of Jones.

“I mean, I did this two Thursdays ago, too,” Hoyer said, in reference to a Thursday practice Jones missed due to illness. “Practiced and ran the whole practice. For me, it’s fun. To be able to get out there and take some reps with those guys, maybe I haven’t done since training camp. I enjoy it. You know, go through and prepare to play, and see how it goes.”

If Hoyer plays, it will be his first start in nearly two years. Replacing Cam Newton (who had COVID) against the Chiefs, Hoyer made a couple of key mistakes against the Chiefs before being replaced by Jarrett Stidham. Hoyer was asked whether he’s anxious to erase that memory.

“I mean look, I’ve played for 14 years,” Hoyer said, “I have a lot of bad memories. I have a lot of good memories, too. One game doesn’t define me, one play doesn’t define me. I’m excited for any opportunity I get to go play. I really could care less about that.”

For now, all he cares about is enjoying the moment.

“At this point, you don’t know how many chances like this you get anymore,” Hoyer said. “So, obviously, it’s a part of the job. You’re always ready to play. So, for me, it’s an opportunity to go out there and have fun, and go out and execute really. Have fun. I really love my teammates, what they do, how hard they work. So an opportunity to go out there and play with those guys.”

That opportunity comes at Lambeau Field, a rare chance for Hoyer to play there.

“Anytime you get a chance to play at Lambeau, I think that’s a pretty cool experience there,” Hoyer said. “I heard Devin [McCourty] speaking about it. It’s a historical position. A historical group. . . . It’s a nice alternative. Anytime you get to move in there and play. They’re clearly a nice staff. They have long gone deep within the playoffs for then again a few years. They have a nice quarterback in Aaron [Rodgers]. Their protection, you glance throughout, they’re very forged. Whether it’s the D-line, the linebackers, the defensive backs. It’s a distinctive problem. I think I heard these days they’re like 13-2 of their final 15 house video games. So it’s clearly a adverse surroundings to enter. But it’s all the time a nice alternative to look the place you’re at too.”

The Patriots recently are at 1-2. It would require a nice effort from everybody — together with Hoyer or Jones or whoever performs quarterback — to keep away from falling to 1-3.

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