The Browns kicked off minicamp in Berea on Tuesday. Quarterback Brian Hoyer was present and participated in 7-on-7 drills but was held out of full team scrimmage. Hoyer is still rehabbing from a knee injury and surgery suffered during a game against Buffalo last season.
Nobody associated with the Browns would be surprised to see the Browns take a quarterback in the coming draft, including Hoyer himself. Even if the Browns select a quarterback with their first pick, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Hoyer is automatically holding a clipboard come the season opener.
Head Coach Mike Pettine spoke with the media on Monday and said that there will absolutely be a competition for the quarterback job. As for Brian Hoyer, he’s approaching offseason workouts and camp as if he will be the starter come fall.
“Until someone tells me otherwise, I’m acting like I’m the starter, and that’s my game plan.”
Hoyer completed 59.4% of his passes last season for the Browns, throwing for 615 yards, 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions in three games. The team was undefeated in his starts. In fairness, he went out in the first quarter of his third game.
The Browns have the fourth and twenty-six picks in the first round of the NFL draft, as well as ten picks overall.