Brian Hoyer visits the Jets as a potential veteran


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Now that the Jets are determined to draft their new young starting quarterback, they are trying to determine who will be his veteran replacement.

Brian Hoyer, who has played for seven teams in 12 seasons, will visit the Jets on Wednesday, according to a source. Hoyer, 35, played for the Patriots last season, starting a game.

Hoyer is familiar with the Jets’ new offense. He played for the Browns in 2014 when Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator of the Jets and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur was an intern. He also started six games for the 2017 49ers with Shanahan as the head coach and LaFleur as the passing game coordinator. Jets coach Robert Saleh was the 49ers’ defensive coordinator and saw Hoyer up close. Hoyer went 0-6 this season in San Francisco before Jimmy Garoppolo took over.

The backup quarterback is a need for the Jets. After trading Sam Darnold on Monday, the Jets only have James Morgan and Mike White in the position. Neither has ever taken a snapshot in an NFL game. The Jets are expected to draft BYU quarterback Zach Wilson with the No. 2 overall pick in three weeks in the 2021 NFL Draft. They need to find a veteran to support and mentor Wilson.

Brian Hoyer visits the Jets
Brian Hoyer visits the Jets
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Hoyer has played for the Patriots, Cardinals, Browns, Texans, Bears, 49ers and Colts in his career, primarily as a substitute. He has started 39 games and is 16-23 as a starter.

The Jets have had trouble at the rescue point in recent years. They haven’t won a game started by a backup quarterback since 2016, when Bryce Petty won a game in San Francisco. They are from 0 to 15 since then with a backup start. Joe Flacco served as Darnold’s replacement last season, losing all four of his starts. Flacco signed with the Eagles as a free agent this offseason.

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