The New England Patriots have complete and total faith in Tom Brady — so much faith that they now have traded away not one, but two of his backups in a span of less than two months. Monday night’s stunning deal, first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, that sent Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a 2018 second-round draft pick left Brady as the only quarterback on the Patriots’ 53-man roster. They also do not have a QB on the practice squad. The overwhelming favorite to fill that spot is a player the Patriots are very familiar with. That would be Brian Hoyer, who served as Brady’s understudy from 2009 to 2011 and who was released by the Niners minutes after news of the Garoppolo trade came down, per Schefter’s source. According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Hoyer initially was included in San Francisco’s package for Garoppolo but was removed for compensatory pick reasons.
Brian Hoyer-To-Patriots Looks Like Obvious Move After Jimmy Garoppolo Trade
NESN | Oct 30