NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Saturday that the Houston Texans are zeroing in on the veteran signal-caller as a top quarterback target, per a source with knowledge of the team's plans.
Based on what he was told, Darlington expects either Hoyer or fellow free agent Ryan Mallett to open the season as Houston's starter.
Hoyer played well out of the gate for the Browns last season before melting down over his final five starts in Cleveland. He's been open about his desire to sign with a squad that will give him a chance to start. Houston is one of the few landing spots that offer that potential opportunity.