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FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementFiled undersmileatriots AnalysisPatriots Player ProfilesPatriots Offseason CoverageNew England Patriots 2019 roster breakdown: #2 QB Brian HoyerNew Youth Andre Tippett Jerseys ,11commentsThe veteran backup will face some competition this year.EDTShareTweetShareShareNew England Patriots 2019 roster breakdown: #2 QB Brian HoyerPhoto by Al Bello/Getty ImagesThe New England Patriots, who are in the middle of their 2019 organized team activities, currently have the maximum of 90 players on their active roster. However, only 53 of them will be able to survive the cutdowns on August 31 and ultimately make the team. Over the course of the summer, we will take a look at the players fighting for those spots to find out who has the best chances of helping the Patriots defend their Super Bowl title.Today, the series starts with the player wearing the lowest-issued jersey number right now: backup quarterback Brian Hoyer.Name: Brian HoyerPosition: QuarterbackJersey number: 2Opening day age: 33Experience: 10Size: 6’2, 215 lbs.2018 review: After fending off rookie competitor Danny Etling over the course of training camp and the preseason, Brian Hoyer earned the top backup quarterback spot behind Tom Brady for another year (the fifth in total). And with the future Hall of Famer having another very good season en route to leading the Patriots to a world championship Andre Tippett Jerseys Stitched , there was little playing time for the number two to be had.All in all, Hoyer appeared in just five of New England’s nineteen total games last year and was on the field for a combined 27 snaps. The veteran backup mostly had to do just one thing when he actually entered a contest: kneel down to close it out. Hoyer’s final 2018 stat-line therefore includes 11 rushing attempts for a grand total of -8 yards. He did also attempt a pair of passes, though, one of which was completed for a gain of 7 yards.But despite his quasi non-existent statistical impact, Hoyer’s value to the team cannot be underestimated — and it goes beyond backing up Brady. As New England’s number two quarterback, he also played a key role in running the scout team offense and helping the defense prepare for upcoming opponents. As a result, the 33-year-old was named as one of the practice players of the week a combined four times.2019 preview: With Brady the Patriots’ undisputed starter, Hoyer enters preparations for the 2019 season as the team’s number two quarterback. However Youth Tedy Bruschi Jerseys , just like last year, his spot on the team is not uncontested. Not only is second-year man Danny Etling again a challenger for practice reps and playing time, the club also added Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham in the fourth-round of the draft.Stidham will be on the team come September due to his draft status, while Etling needs to fight for a roster spot alongside him. However, the number two gig still appears to be Hoyer’s to lose as things stand right now. After all, he offers the experience within the Patriots’ system both youngsters lack and — despite the drop-off in quality — could step in immediately to take over for Brady if the worst case scenario takes place.And while his days on the team seem to be numbered beyond 2019 due to the addition of Stidham earlier this offseason, Hoyer still has value to the team as one of the better depth quarterbacks in the NFL. Furthermore, his salary cap hit of $3.0 million also is reasonable for what he offers: a veteran presence at the game’s most important position that can also help groom Stidham and Etling Tedy Bruschi Jerseys Stitched , as well as the young wide receivers on the team.All in all, it seems likely that Hoyer will spend another year with the Patriots and one more season sitting behind the greatest quarterback of all time. The only realistic non-injury scenario in which that does not happen is if Stidham picks up the scheme quickly and makes the veteran expendable either through a cut or a trade. Read more: Patriots undrafted free agents tracker: Signings, rumors, analysis"The New England Patriots had a pretty busy Saturday: not only did the world champions make multiple trades to move all over the board, they also added plenty of talent to their roster. When the dust had settled, the Patriots came away with five players between rounds four and seven before becoming active in the subsequent free agency period. As things stand right now, New England has brought in 10 unselected prospects so far.Let’s take a look at the players, who are not yet officially signed but have already been reported as additions:New England headed into the NFL’s undrafted free agency with 10 open roster spots Youth Steve Grogan Jerseys , and the majority of which have already been filled if the reports of the signings turn out to be accurate. The two most targeted positions groups one day into the undrafted signing period are wide receiver and the offensive line with three players each getting added to the roster at the respective spot.Given the Patriots’ current roster composition, it looks as if the wide receivers had the best chances of making New England’s 53-man team — and of keeping the 15-year long streak of at least one unselected player being on the team on opening day alive. Ultimately, however, it would still not be a surprise if none of them or the other undrafted rookies found a way onto the Patriots’ squad given the overall depth of the roster at most positions.On top of the ten reported signings, the Patriots have also invited a player to participate in their rookie minicamp next month:Given the status of New England’s long snapper situation — Joe Cardona is the undisputed top option at the position — Hantak will likely be little more than a possible emergency option.
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