Three seasons as a backup quarterback in New England have really rubbed off on Brian Hoyer . At least, that's the simple conclusion from Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas' words from Monday.
"He's a lot like Tom Brady,'' Thomas said of Hoyer. "When you look at the way he competes and the way he demands the most out of everybody around him, it's no coincidence that those guys played together. (Hoyer) has a lot of those same mental attributes and that's a great thing for a quarterback to have.
"He's the ultimate competitor, and no matter if we drafted a quarterback No. 1 overall, I knew that in his mind he expects to win the job because that's the type of competitor he is and the type of quarterback."
Thomas also said Hoyer has the swagger and attitude that demands respect in the huddle, and he gets it.
One person would say this is just teammate-on-teammate hyperbole, a common speech at this time of year.
Another person could say Thomas doesn't sound like a Johnny Manziel fan.
For what it's worth, Hoyer is clearly in front in the QB competition with Mr. J. Football, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora. Barring injury, Hoyer is going to open the season as the Browns' starter. Plenty will still be counting the minutes until Manziel gets into the game, but he may be just a gimmick player early on.