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Veteran QB Brian Hoyer returning to New England Patriots

New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer, shown Aug. 17, 2019, appeared in one game for the Patriots last season after starter Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19. File Photo by Rick Musacchio/EPA-EFE
New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer, shown Aug. 17, 2019, appeared in one game for the Patriots last season after starter Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19. File Photo by Rick Musacchio/EPA-EFE

May 17 (UPI) -- Veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer is re-signing with the New England Patriots, his agency announced Monday.

League sources told ESPN, NFL Media and the Boston Globe that Hoyer agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Patriots. The team has yet to confirm the agreement.

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Hoyer will join a crowded quarterback room in New England that consists of Cam Newton, 2021 first-round draft pick Mac Jones and third-year signal-caller Jarrett Stidham.

The 35-year-old Hoyer, who visited with the AFC East rival New York Jets earlier this off-season, began last season as the Patriots' top backup behind Newton before slipping to the No. 3 spot behind Stidham.

Hoyer was unexpectedly thrust into a starting role before the Patriots' Week 4 road game against the Kansas City Chiefs after Newton tested positive for COVID-19. New England lost 26-10 in that matchup, with Hoyer recording 130 passing yards and an interception.

Hoyer has notched 10,404 passing yards with 52 touchdowns and 35 interceptions in 70 career NFL games with the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts and Patriots.

His best season came in 2015 with the Texans, when he had 2,606 yards and a career-best 19 touchdowns through the air.

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