Hoyer who's been in the Patriot system for years can be a very beneficial and significant move for Stidham's development.
I know after losing Tom Brady the Patriots signing Brian Hoyer seems like a kiss from your cousin, but this is actually a very underrated move for the Patriots.
If the Patriots are deciding that they're going to go forward with Jarrett Stidham as their starting quarterback, then having a veteran like Hoyer who's been in the Patriot system for years can be a very beneficial and significant move for Stidham's development. I know that there's some people who believe that Belichick brought in Hoyer to be the veteran bridge quarterback that we talked about a lot this offseason, but I believe that he was brought in to mentor Jarrett Stidham and help him work through the system.
Prior to Hoyer being signed today I was on Twitter and one of my Twitter followers was very adamant about how they didn't want Hoyer signed to the Patriots. What I tried to explain to her was that away from Hoyer mentoring Jarrett Stidham and helping him through his development, Hoyer is also one of the best Scout team quarterbacks in the NFL. A prime example of this was during Super Bowl 53 when Hoyer was able to mimic Jared Goff while also being able to figure out some of the Rams audibles buy film that he had watched on hard knocks.
So even though Patriots fans may not be jumping for joy over this move, and I'm in no means excited, I think it's a really solid signing and if the Patriots do end up having success this season, and Jarrett Stidham does turn into the starting quarterback, I think the Hoyer signing may be seen as a much bigger move later in the season. I know that's not going to stop some of you from absolutely destroying Bill Belichick for this move, I know that the gifs and memes have already started, but you need to look at the big picture, and the big picture is, bringing back Brian Hoyer was a good move by Bill Belichick.
The Patriots also acquired veteran linebacker Brandon Copeland today, and this move was the least of surprising plays by Belichick. The Patriots were decimated this offseason losing Jamie Collins, Kyle Van Noy, and Elandon Roberts, leaving Belichick to have to add some depth to the linebacking corps to join Dont'a Hightower, Chase Winovich and Ja'Whaun Bentley.
The Patriots were linked to Copeland last offseason, but a deal was never able to materialize. Copeland is also a special teamer, and was a rotational piece for the New York Jets last season. Copeland was able to pressure the quarterback 27 times while also recording 1.5 sacks. This is by no means a splashing move, but it's a veteran piece who should be able to fit into the Patriot system pretty flawlessly and add some much-needed depth.