It's easy to explain why Patriots brought back Brian Hoyer

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On Monday night when it was reported the Patriots would be re-signing 35-year-old quarterback Brian Hoyer, most had the same reaction -- why?

The Patriots already have Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham and rookie Mac Jones on the depth chart. It's hard to get even three players significant reps during training camp and then there's no chance the team would carry four quarterbacks during the regular season -- at least on the active roster.

But, it's actually fairly easy to see why Hoyer is returning for his fourth stint with the team.

The veteran knows the Patriots offense better than probably anyone in the league besides Josh McDaniels and Tom Brady. Jones, the No. 15 overall pick, has a ton of learning to do and Hoyer certainly can help with that process. In addition to McDaniels, coach Bo Hardegree, who the team reportedly added from the Jets this offseason, will likely help coach the quarterbacks, but he too is new to the system.

Then when it comes to potentially making the roster, there are a few scenarios that could play out.

What if Jones beats out Newton and is the Week 1 starter? There's a chance Newton wouldn't like being the backup and he could be released after training camp. Then Hoyer would be the No. 3 quarterback like in 2020 behind Stidham.

What if Stidham is no longer on the team at the end of training camp? That come via trade or release, but if that happens the team could use a third quarterback.

And if none of those come true and Hoyer isn't needed come the start of the season, he simply can be released.

Hoyer clearly has a very good relationship with Bill Belichick and the organization and still resides in the Foxboro area. He will not cost much money at all and he will only help the rest of the quarterbacks on the roster.

This is more of a signing to protect themselves for things that could happen down the road, but does not hinder them in any way now, so why not do it?

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