(BEREA, Ohio) — The Cleveland Browns named Brian Hoyer their starting quarterback for their upcoming game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
Hoyer gets the start in place of Brandon Weeden, who sprained his right thumb in Sunday’s 14-6 loss to Baltimore.
In a somewhat surprising move, Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski chose Hoyer over the more experienced Jason Campbell.
“I feel like based on our current situation — where we’re at offensively as well as getting into the game planning for Minnesota — that Brian’s strengths are the best fit for this week and that he gives us our best chance to win,” Chudzinski said. “The things that he does well fit what we need. For me, it’s about who gives us the best chance to win.”
Which means Hoyer gets to start for his hometown team.
“When you dream of playing in the professional league, you dream of playing for your hometown team.” Hoyer said. “Obviously, that’ll be something special, but really, now, it’s down to the business of preparing. Right now, I’m just focused on doing what I can to prepare and beat Minnesota.”
This will be Hoyer’s second career NFL start.
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