Bill Belichick's reasoning for wanting Brian Hoyer as his team's backup for 2017? Pretty simple.
"We've had him," Belichick said during a conference call on Monday morning.
The Patriots and Hoyer worked together for three-plus years between his rookie season in 2009 and 2012, when he was released just before the start of the regular season. That relatively brief marriage still provides more than enough in terms of background for Belichick and his staff to understand how Hoyer will work once inside the Gillette Stadium walls.
It's not just that Hoyer understands the Patriots system, which is significant, obviously. But it's that there aren't the same number of unknowns involved with Hoyer that there might be with another player brought in off the street. The Patriots know what he can handle and how he'll fit into the locker room. What he's done in the five-plus years since leaving New England did nothing to turn them off to bringing him back.
"We knew what he could do," Belichick said. "He's been productive. He's been in a lot of big games and big situations so . . . just try to get him ready to go."
This season, as a member of the 49ers, Hoyer completed 119 of 205 attempts (58 percent) for 1,245 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. For his career, the 32-year-old carries a 59.3 completion percentage and he's thrown 48 touchdowns against 30 picks.
The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Dolphins game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
C David Andrews (illness)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)
TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)
OFF INJURY LIST
QB Tom Brady (Achilles)
TE Rob Gronkowski (illness)
G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
DE William Hayes (back)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)
T Laremy Tunsill (illness)
LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps)
S Maurice Smith (illness)
OFF INJURY LIST
RB Senorise Perry (knee)
S Michael Thomas (knee)
DT Ndamukong Suh (not injury related)
FOXBORO — Within 30 seconds of his Friday press conference beginning, Tom Brady was talking about biscuits. That should tell you how small a deal he considers the Achilles tendon issue that kept him out of Wednesday’s practice.
Brady practiced for the second consecutive day Friday, after which he confirmed that he will be good to go Sunday against the Dolphins.
“I feel great. Ready to go, so I’ll be excited for Sunday and it feels good to get a little extra treatment,” Brady said. “I’m feeling great this time of year. It will be a fun week. Nothing to worry about.”
After that, Brady spoke about the aforementioned Thanksgiving biscuits of which he posted pictures on Instagram. He said they were good. Rob Gronkowski said he wanted some and that there would be “problems” if Brady didn’t bring any in for him. Everyone got a real kick out of it.
It’s hard to imagine Brady’s status for Sunday actually being up in the air. He has gone 134 consecutive regular-season games without missing time due to injury. His only absence in that span came in the form of last season’s four-game suspension for Deflategate.