Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Even if the Cleveland Browns get a quarterback in the coming NFL draft, coach Mike Pettine said it would be difficult to unseat play-caller Brian Hoyer as starter.
“There will be competition, but I think it will be very difficult, based on my evaluation of this year’s draft class, it will be very difficult for anyone in this draft class to come in and beat [Hoyer] out,” Pettine said.
“What jumped out was his accuracy. I think him going through the drill work that we had put the quarterbacks through in their workouts, and compared it to those [other] guys, it was encouraging to see,” he added.
Hoyer returned to the field with teammates at a recent voluntary minicamp for the first time since he tore a knee ligament in October in his third star with the the Browns.
“Until someone tells me otherwise,” Hoyer said, “I feel like I’m the starter for this team.”
Other quarterbacks on the Browns’ roster include veterans Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen, who signed with the team after the completion of minicamp.
The Browns have used the most starting quarterbacks in the NFL since 1999. Of the four teams that have used at least 17 starting QBs over that span, the Browns have the worst record by a large margin.
The Browns were earlier linked to Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel but sources said the team is eyeing Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins.