Hoyer was limited in what he could do and did not take part in team drills, but his attitude toward the most vexing position on the Browns was clear.
"Until someone tells me otherwise," he said, "I feel like I'm the starter for this team."
Hoyer hurt his knee in his third start for the Browns, a Thursday night win over Buffalo. He had won his first two starts, and seemed to be grabbing hold of the starting job.
But he hurt his knee when he slid and was hit by Kiko Alonso. Surgery followed two weeks later.
Some six months later, Hoyer was active and assertive on the field, clearly acting like he belonged as the team's starter.
"Assertive is a good way to describe him," tight end Jordan Cameron said.
Coach Mike Pettine said Hoyer is ahead of schedule, and he expects Hoyer will be full-go for training camp, if not for the full-team minicamp in June. Hoyer is eager to do everything.
"I know we don't play a game until August, but I also know that in order to be the guy in August you put the time in in the offseason," he said.
Pettine said the team would likely sign one of the two after the three-day camp ends.