Brian Hoyer reflects on his decision to come back to New England

Jim Davis | Boston Globe

For Brian Hoyer, being back with the New England Patriots is a special situation – one that he describes as “like a flashback” and “almost like a dream.”

The nine-year veteran spent the early stages of his career under the guidance of two of the most successful people in NFL history, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Hoyer’s time with the Patriots began when he signed as an undrafted free agent in 2009 until the team released him in September 2012.

After Hoyer’s departure, he and Brady remained close friends. Hoyer even recalls that Brady was always one of the first guys to reach out and show his support, check in on him, congratulate him, etc.

Fast forward five years and six different teams later, Hoyer and Brady are together again.

Hoyer fielded questions on Monday – the first time since his return to the team – and reflected on his early days with the Patriots, being back in New England and his excitement to be back with Brady.

“I feel like I’ve been watching [Tom] ever since I left, and, to be honest, he hasn’t changed much,” Hoyer said. “It’s great to be back with him, to be back in a meeting room with him and to hear him talk about football. It’s amazing.”

“To go right back into that team meeting room and listen to Bill, it was like a flashback. It was almost like a dream,” Hoyer continued. “Not much has changed. It’s kind of cool to see some of the guys I came in with, now they’re the veteran leaders of the team. Now we’re the old guys – the Jerod Mayos and Matt Lights, they’ve molded into that role.”

Hoyer also credits the familiarity of the area for his wife and kids as being a big part in signing with the team again. Being back with the New England Patriots was a great opportunity that he couldn’t pass up.

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