Browns to start Brian Hoyer at QB over Jason Campbell in Week 3
"I feel like based on our current situation -- where we're at offensively as well as getting into the game planning for Minnesota -- that Brian's strengths are the best fit for this week and that he gives us our best chance to win," Browns’ first-year coach Rob Chudzinski said on Wednesday. "The things that he does well fit what we need. For me, it's about who gives us the best chance to win."
It will be the former undrafted free agent’s second career. Hoyer made one start for the Arizona Cardinals last December, before spending his first three NFL season in New England as backup quarterback Tom Brady.
However, Chudzinski did not commit on giving back the starting job to Weeden, once he returns from the thumb injury.
"I'm going to leave all the options open," Chudzinski said. "Really, it's a matter of where he's at from a health standpoint and all that plays into it and where we're at and how guys are playing, as well."
Weeden suffered the injury during the Browns’ 14-6 loss to the Ravens last week, after he banged his thumb into teammates John Greco’s helmet in the fourth quarter. Chudzinski didn’t expect the injury to be a “long-term issue”, but that might be the least of Weeden’s worries at the moment.
Meanwhile, Hoyer said he’s excited to start for his hometown team, after the Browns picked him up this May.
"This is an opportunity you practice for, you prepare for,” Hoyer said. “Obviously, I'm excited and I'll try to take advantage of it and try to give this team everything I've got to help us get that first win."
Although Hoyer was inactive for the Browns’ first two regular season games, he started the team’s preseason finale in relief of an ailing Campbell to finish with 307 yards along with a touchdown and two interceptions on a 68.6 percent passes completed.