Hoyer gets right to work with Steelers

November 21, 2012 by Teresa Varley

A few weeks ago Brian Hoyer was throwing passes to kids at his former school, St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio.

Today, he was at practice throwing to his new Steelers’ teammates.

“It’s a step up in talent level, but they were good players,” said Hoyer. “They just lost their regional finals. It worked out for me, not them, because I wasn’t going to have anyone to throw to this week besides my dad and father-in-law. I am glad to be here.”

Hoyer spent the last three seasons as a back-up quarterback with the New England Patriots, before being waived in August. He signed with the Steelers on Tuesday, happy to be back playing again.

“It’s something I have been waiting 11 weeks for,” said Hoyer. “When I knew I had the opportunity to come out here and work I wanted to take advantage of it. Now that I am here I want to submerse myself in the system and learn as much as I can before Sunday and just go from there.”

Hoyer isn’t being asked to learn the entire playbook overnight, instead he is being given this week’s game plan so he is prepared as Charlie Batch’s back-up this week against the Browns.

“I am trying to get as much knowledge as I can with the limited time I have,” said Hoyer. “At this time it’s game-planning. I am not trying to learn stuff that is not in the game plan, which would be a waste of time. I have the game plan and am going to go from there and learn what is going to be called on Sunday.”

Hoyer, who played in 13 games in three seasons, said that despite the different terminology it’s basically the same thing he has been doing since he started playing football.

“I am going to be as ready as I can,” said Hoyer. “There is limited time and reps, you have to study as much as you can and be ready to do whatever I can. I am concerned with learning as much as I can and be ready to step in if needed.”

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