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Brian Hoyer preparing to lead Patriots if QB Mac Jones can't play

Field Level Media
29 Sep 2022, 03:05 GMT+10

Brian Hoyer lined up under center with New England's starters at Wednesday's practice, but coach Bill Belichick is not ready to eliminate Mac Jones from the Patriots' gameplan Sunday at Green Bay.

Belichick said Wednesday that Jones was a longshot to practice the next two days due to an ankle sprain suffered in the Week 3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Belichick said he saw Jones before meeting the media at Noon ET on Wednesday and said the quarterback is "getting better" with noteworthy progress the past two days.

"We'll take it day by day," Belichick said.

Hoyer, 36, might take every practice rep this week and still not start against the Packers, Belichick said.

Perturbed by pressing questions about the nature of Jones' injury and hypotheticals for the week, Belichick asked the room, "What do I look like, a doctor? An orthopedic surgeon? Do you want me to read the MRI?"

Quarterbacks coach Joe Judge said Hoyer prepares diligently and wouldn't be surprised to be on the field this week for his 40th career start.

"He's always ready to take that next snap when he's called on," Judge said.

Fourth-round pick Bailey Zappe would likely serve as the No. 2 quarterback if Hoyer is called upon.

Hoyer has appeared in 75 career games and started one game with the Patriots (2020). He is 16-23 as a starter and has thrown for 10,631 yards and 53 touchdowns with seven teams.

--Field Level Media

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