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What Brian Hoyer texted Jacoby Brissett after Andrew Luck's retirement

What Brian Hoyer texted Jacoby Brissett after Andrew Luck's retirement

When Andrew Luck made his surprising retirement announcement, Brian Hoyer sent well wishes to the Colts' new starting quarterback, Jacoby Brissett. Little did he know he'd soon be joining Brissett in Indianapolis.

Hoyer and Brissett got to know one another when they traveled to Churchill Downs earlier this year to take in the Kentucky Derby with Tom Brady and the regular cast of characters. When Luck decided to hang 'em up, Hoyer reached out to Brissett with a simple, encouraging message.

“I said ‘Hey man, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for, best of luck’. I had no idea that three weeks later I’d be here," Hoyer said according to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe.

Hoyer ended up being released by the Patriots during their final round of cuts, then signed by the Colts to become Brissett's backup shortly thereafter. The veteran QB should be a valuable presence in Indianapolis' QB room and bring a positive energy Brady admits he'll miss in New England.

As for Brissett, everything's looking good for the 26-year-old so far as he recently negotiated his own two-year, $30 million contract extension.

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Brian Hoyer uses great analogy to describe Patriots-to-Colts transition

Brian Hoyer uses great analogy to describe Patriots-to-Colts transition

Who knew Jacoby Brissett would be the Indianapolis Colts' starting quarterback entering Week 1? And who knew Brian Hoyer would be his backup?

Not Hoyer, who was released by the New England Patriots on Saturday and signed a three-year contract with the Colts on Monday.

That meant the 33-year-old had to toss his Patriots playbook and learn Indy's system less than a week before its season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.

So, how has that transition been for Hoyer?

"It's like studying Spanish all year, then before the final, the teacher hands you a French book," Hoyer told reporters Wednesday, via FOX59's Dave Griffiths.

Hoyer is essentially "fluent" in the Patriots' offensive language after a combined five years as Tom Brady's backup. Picking up Indy's playbook will be challenging, but Hoyer should have a willing study partner in Brissett, himself a former Brady backup who joined the Colts two months before Hoyer returned to New England in 2017.

Ironically, Hoyer said he texted Brissett after Andrew Luck's shocking retirement on Aug. 24 while still with the Patriots, completely unaware he was talking to his future teammate.

"I said, 'Hey man, this is the opportunity you've been waiting for. Best of luck,' " Hoyer said, via the Indianapolis Star. "I had no idea that two weeks later I'd be here."

Whether a pair of ex-Brady backups can challenge the Patriots for AFC supremacy remains to be seen, as Hoyer is just trying to get settled in his latest second-string gig.

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Tom Curran’s Patriots Talk Podcast: Let's get to real football. How will Pats deploy offense vs. Steelers?

Tom Curran’s Patriots Talk Podcast: Let's get to real football. How will Pats deploy offense vs. Steelers?

At last, football that counts is back. How does the Gronk-less Patriots' offense attack the Steelers in the opener? One-on-one with Jarrett Stidham on his game-day superstitions; Are the Pats too old? Mark Kaboly of The Athletic on the revamped Steelers.

1:14 - 1st Quarter - How will the Patriots deploy their offense against the Steelers with Gronk gone and a new-look receiver corps? Tom Curran and Phil Perry discuss what kind of offensive game plan the Pats will have in Week 1.

12:38 - 2nd Quarter - Tom defends the Patriots' decision to part ways with Brian Hoyer as Brady’s backup, but argues that they could have traded him to get something in return. Does this mean Jarrett Stidham is the QB of the future?

21:48 - Halftime - Tom hits us with some Patriots-Steelers season opener trivia and he catches up with Jarrett Stidham to talk about his game-day superstitions.

23:41 - 3rd Quarter - The Patriots roster has the oldest average age in the NFL. Phil explains why that’s not necessarily a bad thing and how Belichick uses older, more-experienced players to his advantage.

31:15 - 4th Quarter - Tom is joined by senior Steelers reporter at The Athletic in Pittsburgh Mark Kaboly, who talks about how the departure of Antonio Brown has been a breath of fresh air for the organization and how the Steelers defense plans to stop the Patriots. Tom also reveals his trivia answer.

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