Report: Patriots expected to release longtime backup quarterback

The New England Patriots are expected to release veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer by the start of the new league year, per NFL insider and Sirius XM’s Adam Caplan.

Hoyer served in a backup role for New England throughout his career. He most recently signed a two-year deal last offseason to stay with the Patriots .

The 37-year-old veteran did play a small starting role with the Patriots in the 2022 season, following an injury to quarterback Mac Jones. He appeared in October’s game against the Green Bay Packers, going five-of-six for 37 yards, before leaving with an injury.

He spent eight years in New England, throwing for 729 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions during that time. This move effectively makes Bailey Zappe the primary backup quarterback for the Patriots.

It will be intriguing to see how the Patriots’ quarterback room shakes out with Hoyer no longer on the team.  If nothing else, there is now a youth movement at the position.

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Story originally appeared on Patriots Wire