Buried at the very bottom of a column on the Houston Texans trading Matt Schaub to Oakland is the news that Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is ahead of schedule as he attempts to come back from tearing his ACL last October. Hoyer has been dodging bullets all offseason as the Browns are continually pegged as one of the teams that will be adding help at the quarterback position; they’ve only removed all of his competition to this point, releasing Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell earlier this month.
Hoyer went 2-0 and threw five touchdowns in the two full games he played in last season. He blew out his knee just under six months ago, but there’s already talk that he’ll get some work in during April OTAs. If this proves to be true, he’ll be ready to battle for the starting job (with whomever the Browns add to the ranks) come August. The team is widely anticipated to be using a first-round pick in the impending NFL Draft on a quarterback, but talk seems to have shifted as of late as some think they could use the No. 4 pick on offensive line help.
In the meantime, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports expects the Browns to sign free agent QB Rex Grossman. After losing out on Schaub, Grossman is considered the next best free agent option. Sexy Rexy would presumably be a liason of sorts, linking former Redskins (and current Browns) offensive coordinator to whomever gets first-team reps come August.
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