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Joe Thomas says Brian Hoyer is “a lot like Tom Brady”

Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer

New England Patriots quarterbacks Tom Brady, left, and Brian Hoyer, right, talk while performing field drills during a team practice at the NFL football team’s facility, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots are scheduled to play the Denver Broncos in an AFC divisional playoff game Saturday, Jan. 14 in Foxborough. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)


The Browns are pretty clearly trying to send a message to Johnny Manziel to settle down and get to work.

But sometimes in sending that message, they might be going overboard the other direction.

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas was praising Manziel’s competition for the starting job, saying Brian Hoyer was “a lot like Tom Brady.”

Well, they both play football, they both wear silly hats, and they both have three Super Bowl rings. OK, so they both play football.

We’ll let Thomas explain himself.

“When you look at the way he competes and the way he demands the most out of everybody around him, it’s no coincidence that those guys played together,” Thomas said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "[Hoyer] has a lot of those same mental attributes and that’s a great thing for a quarterback to have.

“He’s the ultimate competitor, and no matter if we drafted a quarterback No. 1 overall, I knew that in his mind he expects to win the job because that’s the type of competitor he is and the type of quarterback.’'

OK then, so just like Tom Brady.

Hoyer’s in a tough spot, because it’s practically assumed that Manziel will take over sooner rather than later. But at the moment, he’s going to have to be the guy.

Which, if he plays like Tom Brady, I suppose, is fine.