ESPN reports the Patriots have re-signed veteran backup and former starting quarterback Brian Hoyer to a one-year deal.
Hoyer rejoins a Pats quarterback depth chart that already includes Cam Newton — a former NFL MVP who served as the team’s starter for the majority of the 2020 NFL season, his first in New England — 2021 first-round pick Mac Jones and third-year veteran Jarrett Stidham, who appeared in five games during the 2020 season.
Hoyer, who signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2009, returned for his third stint with the franchise last offseason and entered the 2020 campaign as the team’s No. 2 quarterback behind Newton and ahead of Stidham, before slipping to the No. 3 spot after Week 4.
Hoyer owns a 16-23 overall record as a starting quarterback for seven NFL teams, which includes making one start for the Patriots in 2020.