"I saw the opportunity that presented itself," Hoyer said. "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 is the only quarterback on the Browns' roster to start an NFL game. The 28-year-old knows he's likely to have competition from a rookie.
"It's inevitable," Hoyer said. "In this league, there's constant change. Just by the sheer numbers, someone's coming. Where that might be, no one knows."
Hoyer, who said he welcomes competition, believes he'll have the leg up on any quarterback drafted, whether it be in the first or fifth round.
"You just have to control what you can control," he said. "To look over your shoulder, I don't know what to look over my shoulder at right now, so who knows how it will shake out."