FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- As soon as word came down on Thursday evening that Tom Brady wouldn't be playing in Thursday night's preseason opener against the Jaguars, the center of attention of the Patriots' offense became backup Brian Hoyer.
"I didn't know up until today," Hoyer said of his starting role. "But I just came in ready to play a full 60 minutes and go from there. And then I play until they tell me I’m done."
The third-year quarterback looked comfortable running an offense mainly composed of players looking to crack the lineup, not regular starters.
"Yeah, I thought they did a great job. Whether it was the running plays or the passing plays, I felt like I had a decent amount of time to get back there and throw," Hoyer said of his offensive line. "You kind of mixed and matched and there were different guys going in there."
Hoyer was 15-of-21 passing for 171 yards and one touchdown, and more importantly, did not throw an interception.
"I think obviously I’m going to see things tomorrow in the film that I wish I would have done better," Hoyer said. "But for the first game, to come out and move the ball, throw it around a little bit, lead the offense – I thought it was good, but there’s a long way to go."
Most likely, Hoyer won't see quite as much playing time next Thursday in Tampa, as Brady figures to see his first action of the preseason in that game. But as a quarterback in the Patriots' offense, any experience is valuable.
"Like I’ve always said, there’s nothing that compares to real game experience and to get out there for the first game and have some success feels good," Hoyer explained. "And like I said, there’s a long way to go, but it’s a good building block."