Hoyer sees opportunity for improvement

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Fourth-year quarterback Brian Hoyer saw extended playing time on Thursday night, finishing his evening 8-for-15 for 45 yards and a score. He quarterbacked the Patriots' lone scoring drive of the evening, but admitted after the game that there were areas for improvement.

"Right now, I haven't watched the film yet, but I can tell there are definitely some things I wish I would've done better," Hoyer said. "You know, getting the ball batted isn't something that usually happens, so you've got to find a way to get it through and some of the throws that you've got to get on the same page as some of the guys."

Hoyer also said that he struggled getting into a rhythm, something he believes to be an important part of taking the field for the first time.

"That first one out, you always kind of have got to get your feet underneath you and get a few throws in and get feeling comfortable," he said. "I didn't feel like I did a good job in that tonight; I've got to do a better job of taking a few easy throws in the beginning and get a good rhythm."

Ryan Mallett, the second-year player from Arkansas who served as the third-string quarterback a season ago, finished 8-for-19 with an interception, struggling with accuracy on the evening. Though Hoyer seems like a solid bet to remain the primary backup to Tom Brady in 2012, he still believes he's locked in a competition with Mallett.

“There’s always competition. I mean, I’m always trying to compete with Tom [Brady] so, and you know, obviously Ryan’s a good player too, so we’re competing at the same time," Hoyer said. "And I think the competition always brings out the best in everyone. You never want to lag off or anything like that, so there’s always competition and you’re always trying to improve and I think me trying to chase Tom and trying to be as good as he is, that obviously sets a pretty high standard and I try to strive to get to his level every day.”