by Aaron Wilson
February 18, 02014
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer regards himself as the incumbent starter.
And Hoyer is aware he'll face competition for that job from a rookie draft pick or perhaps a veteran.
“My goal is to be the starting quarterback again,” Hoyer said, via the Akron Beacon-Journal. “That’s what every day I come in here and work towards, and it’s definitely a motivation for me.”
The Browns are expected to draft a quarterback, perhaps Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Central Florida's Blake Bortles or Louisville standout Teddy Bridgewater.
Hoyer thinks he would have an edge because of his experience.
“Veterans have an advantage on rookies anyway ’cause those guys — I know from my first year — you train so much for the combine, things like that, that you’re not really training for reading defenses, playing football,” Hoyer said. “You’re worried about your 40 [-yard dash], your drops, things like that. For a veteran, I’m worried about minicamp. I’m not worried about going out and running a 40. So we’ve got an advantage anyway, and there’s always going to be competition. So I’m looking forward to it.”
As for Hoyer's recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, the quarterback is upbeat.
“I’m definitely on schedule, if not ahead,” Hoyer said. “At this point now, we’re kind of out of the rehab phase and more into the strengthening. So much of the little rehab stuff, I’m kind of over now. It’s lifting, running, dropping back, throwing. It’s more of the strengthening and getting acclimated and doing more football things — cutting, those types of things. Every day I come in here and do something more."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun