Brian Hoyer thought he was pretty calm making his first start for the Browns last week. That might pale in comparison to how he feels running out onto the field at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday to face the Bengals. The North Olmstead Ohio native who went to Cleveland St. Ignatius and then Michigan State went to Browns games with his father who had season tickets. He was born on the same day Bernie Kosar made his first NFL start. “Sure it means a lot. Obviously playing at home with the Cleveland fan base here it’s going to be special but once they kick that ball off that’s what you’ve got to worry about and then maybe after the game you can sit back and think about it” Hoyer said Wednesday to Cleveland reporters. Hoyer is the 19th quarterback to make a start for the Browns since they returned to the NFL in 1999. It just so happens that Kosar’s jersey number with the Browns was 19. Kosar who does some work for the team sent Hoyer a congratulatory text message after he was named the starter. “You look down at your phone and it says ‘Hey this is Bernie Kosar.’ To me when I used to wear the jersey in the backyard to now getting a message from him is pretty cool” said Hoyer on Wednesday. Of those aforementioned quarterbacks since the return Hoyer is only the second to win his debut joining Jeff Garcia in 2004 and the second to throw for over 300 yards (Kelly Holcomb did it in 2002). In the 31-27 win over Minnesota last week Hoyer completed 30-of-54 passes for 321 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. On the game-winning drive Hoyer was 6 of 11 for 55 yards including a 7-yard touchdown to Jordan Cameron with 55 seconds remaining. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said that Hoyer made some bad plays but was able to bounce back especially on the last drive. Added Chudzinski: “He’s a gutsy guy. He has a knack for making plays and understands what he tries to do.” Hoyer was undrafted in 2009 before signing with the Patriots and being there for three seasons. He was briefly with Pittsburgh last season before being claimed on waivers by Arizona.
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