It's been widely speculated that the Cleveland Browns will be taking a quarterback with the No. 4 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
One of Cleveland's quarterbacks already on the roster, Brian Hoyer, believes that regardless of what happens from May 8 to May 10, he should be the team's starter. He told Browns reporters as much on Tuesday.
"I really don't hear it that much because I don't pay attention,'' said Hoyer of the speculation that the team will be selecting a signal-caller. "It doesn't bother me. People are going to speculate. I know how I feel about myself. I know how my teammates feel. I'm trying to go out and prove it to these new coaches and all I can really ask for is a chance and I think I'll get that. I'm going out there every day and until someone tells me otherwise, I think I'm the starter for this team."
Hoyer will have to impress coach Mike Pettine and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in order to win the Browns the job. The team has reportedly met with potential draftees Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and others during the pre-draft process. The Browns were also reportedly in pursuit of Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub once he was released by the Texans earlier this offseason.
Hoyer started three games in 2013 before tearing his ACL. He had surgery on Oct. 18 and has been limited during a pre-draft minicamp, but he says he'll be 100 percent by training camp.
Until then, he's pushing coaches to take as many reps as possible to show them what they have in house already.
"I know that we don't play a game until August but I also know that in order to be the guy in August, you put the time in in the offseason,'' he said. "That's always my argument, so it's a battle and I know [coaches] have my best interests in mind but I also know how much I want to be out there with the guys."