Brian Hoyer discusses returning to New England, helping Mac Jones


Brian Hoyer was a free agent once again this offseason, but after a few months ultimately decided to return to New England even after the Patriots drafted Mac Jones.

Hoyer reportedly had interest from the Jets, but he re-signed with the Patriots on May 17.

"Yeah, I mean I don't think I ever really wanted to leave," he said when speaking to reporters Monday. "It was just, you know, you have to explore those options when you're a free agent. Just the patience and timing of all of it, there was just some of those factors. In the end I ended up in the right place and I'm really happy about that. My wife and kids are really happy, too."

The 35-year-old is in his fourth stint with the team, so he has a lot of knowledge when it comes to the Patriots system. Because of that, he will be a good mentor for rookie Mac Jones.

Hoyer mentioned his experience with the system when asked about his role when it comes to the rookie.

"Yeah, I think I have a responsibility to the quarterback room and the team in general, so I would say, obviously I'm the most experienced of the group in this offense and on this team so to impart that knowledge is obviously a big part of my role here," he said. "But also to go out and compete and push those guys every day. So it's been fun obviously to get back with Cam [Newton] and Stid [Jarrett Stidham] and then bring Mac along and get to know him. He's a great kid and he's working really hard."

As for what he's seen from Jones so far?

"Well yeah, like I said, you can tell he's working very hard," Hoyer said. "He's a smart kid, he asks a lot of questions. Those are the right steps to take, and you just take it one day at a time. I mean, look, we've all been there, whether it was my rookie year, Stidham was a rookie, Cam obviously a different system, but we're all rookies at some point. And you got to take it one day at a time, focus on what you are learning, when you have something finished, you feel like you've, you've kind of mastered that and move on to the next and remember that. But also kind of keep learning on things that are giving you difficulties too. So you can see that he's eager to learn and he's a hard worker."

Hoyer is the fourth quarterback on the roster, so it feels like maybe more than competing for the job his No. 1 priority is helping Jones along with perfecting the Patriots offense.