Browns' Brian Hoyer benefits from Matt Schaub trade


Matt Schaub landing with the Raiders has produced a ripple effect on quarterback situations beyond the city of Oakland.

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In Houston, the Texans now stand "very much in play" for draft prospect Blake Bortles, according to NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah.

In Cleveland, the failure to secure Schaub after the Browns reportedly had serious interest in signing Kyle Shanahan's former pupil brings Brian Hoyer one step closer to the starting job he owned for three games in 2013.

Hoyer is coming off major knee surgery, but expects to participate on some level in Cleveland's offseason workout program launching April 7, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.

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While Rex Grossman, another Shanny disciple, reportedly sits on the team's radar, the former Bears and Redskins arm would be nothing more than a third-string sounding board. The only other passer on the roster is trick-shot artist Alex Tanney.

New coach Mike Pettine said this month that Hoyer last season "flashed brilliance," and he "could be a quality starter in the NFL."

We still expect the Browns to add a quarterback (or two) in the draft, shifting Hoyer into more of a placeholder role for the eventual face of the franchise.

If the team hasn't fallen in love with one of May's young prospects, however, Hoyer is in good position for a full chance to show what he can do in a Browns offense that includes Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron and the recently signed Ben Tate. Especially now that Schaub has been shipped elsewhere.

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