Brian Hoyer: 'I'm ready to go'

Brian Hoyer hopes to take part in the Cleveland Browns' minicamp in late April, which gives a clear indication how the quarterback sees his recovery from knee surgery last October.

"I saw the opportunity that presented itself," Hoyer told 92.3-The Fan in Cleveland at an autograph signing Sunday. "I knew we had a minicamp before the draft and I really wanted to push myself to be able to participate as much as I could. With the new staff and GM, [I wanted] to show these guys that I'll be ready to go."

Hoyer tore his ACL in his third start, a win over Buffalo Oct. 6. He had surgery on Oct. 18. If Hoyer is ready by mid-April, he would be able to take part in all of the team's offseason work.

The team's medical staff will be involved in the decision as to whether he's cleared and how much he does. Teams often err on the side of caution with players coming off ACL surgery. The Browns will be smart and precautionary in dealing with their starting quarterback.

"I'm on track to do some of that stuff, most of it I would think," Hoyer said. "I feel like I'm ready to."

Hoyer's recovery is significant because the Browns have released two quarterbacks and signed none. Even if they draft a quarterback high, signs clearly point to Hoyer being the favorite to start once training camp begins. Hoyer said he'd "never shy away from any competition."

"I'm basically out there throwing now the way I'll be throwing in a practice, so in my mind I'm ready to go," Hoyer said. "From my part there's nothing holding me back."