Brian Hoyer on being a resource for other Raiders quarterbacks
Aug 2, 2023, 2:43 PM | Updated: 2:47 pm
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Brian Hoyer knows his way around Josh McDaniels’ playbook.
The 15-year-veteran had multiple stints in New England, crossing paths with McDaniels from 2017-18 and again from 2020-21 before McDaniels left to lead the Silver & Black.
Even when Hoyer was leading the Houston Texans, he was still working under the Bill Belichick umbrella with head Bill O’Brien. Suffice it to say, even though he’s on a new team, he’s familiar with the playbook.
“Fortunately for me, I’ve been a backup in this offense for a long time, so I’ve gotten a ton of reps over the years,” Hoyer told the media Wednesday as the team moves further along into training camp. “There’s not really ever a play that is called that I haven’t run at some point. So, obviously, when I’m not out there practicing, I’m taking mental reps, but at this point, after playing for Josh for six years, it’s like, I’ve run it at some point.”
As a veteran with familiarity with the Raiders’ playbook, Hoyer can also use his history within the system to help rookie Aidan O’Connell, and even newcomer Jimmy Garoppolo, who’s been in San Francisco under coach Kyle Shanahan for the past six years.
“Definitely at this point in my career, with Aidan and Chase [Garbers], it’s my job to impart the wisdom I’ve learned playing this game and obviously playing in this offense for an extended period of time to help those guys out,” Hoyer said.
Hoyer went on to praise Aidan O’Connell’s understanding of the playbook and system.
“He’s done a great job of staying on schedule and he does a great job and is throwing the job very well,” Hoyer said.
Aidan O’Connell warming up from earlier today with Brian Hoyer.
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Having been in the league for 15 years, Hoyer was also asked to talk about how he’s still enjoying himself, both on and off the field.
“Throwing to Davante. You asked me what’s fun in training camp, throwing to 17 [Davante Adams] is always fun,” Hoyer said with a smile.