Hoyer passes with flying colors against Dolphins


Hoyer passes with flying colors against Dolphins

By Danny Picard

FOXBORO -- Brian Hoyer didn't see his first career NFL touchdown pass. He was too busy getting slammed into the ground by Dolphins lineman Paul Soliai.

With the Pats leading 31-0, Hoyer took the team to the line of scrimmage with the ball at the Miami 42. He faked an end around hand-off to Julian Edelman,stepped back in the pocket, looked deep, and let it fly to Brandon Tate. Tate made an athletic, diving grab in the left side of the end zone.

But allHoyer witnessed was the official's call.

"I saw the ref put his hands up, that's what I saw because I got hit," said Hoyer after New England's 38-7 win over the Miami Dolphins. "I saw him put his hands up, so I was just so elated, I just sprinted down.

"That was a play that Brandon and I talked about before, and we just kind of had a good feeling about it, going into the game. He made a tremendous catch. You watch the replay afterwards, and he really went out and got it and made a great catch."

"That was real good, for Hoyer's first one," said Tate. "So we just went out there and I told him, 'If you've got a chance, just throw it up there to me.' So he trusted me, and he threw it up there for me and made the big play."

Hoyer said that he and Tate both have chemistry with that specific play, because they've run it many times before. But they ran it at practice, which is where Hoyer sees most of his playing time.

But with everything clinched that could possibly be clinched, and a 31-0 lead midway through the third quarter, Hoyer got the call to finish it out, and did so with a 7-of-13 performance for 122 yards and a touchdown.

Much of the talk heading into the game was about how much playing time Tom Brady would see. And it looked as if Brady was done in the second quarter, as Patriots coach Bill Belichick decided to put Hoyer into the game during the middle of a drive.

But Brady soon came back in, and as it turned out, Belichick was just testing Hoyer.

"Well, that could easily happen in a game, when a quarterback comes out, and the other quarterback has to go in," said Belichick. "That's what he did."

"It was just a thing where I was just standing there, and Bill Belichick was like, 'All right, go in.' And it was just kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing," said Hoyer. "He just said, 'You've got to be ready. You never know when you might have to just be thrown in there for a couple plays.'

"You don't play all year, and to get in there, it's just fun," said Hoyer. "You get in there and start making plays. I hit that quick slant to Taylor Price, and after that, I felt the comfort level come back a little bit. It's just fun to go out there and actually play."

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Watch Tom Brady's daughter Vivian tear it up on ski slopes

Watch Tom Brady's daughter Vivian tear it up on ski slopes

Tom Brady's daughter Vivian is a natural on skis.

The New England Patriots quarterback and apparently proud father posted a comical video of his 4-year-old daughter tearing it up on the ski hill. Vivian took on the bottom section of the run while adhering to the all-important instructions from the Super Cool Ski Instructor from the Comedy Central show, "South Park."

Brady added the audio from the "South Park" ski instructor to the video of his daughter skiing, and included a joke about "french frying" and "pizzaing" at the correct moments. 

"That’s my girl! Pizzaing when she's supposed to pizza, French frying when she's supposed to French fry... NOT having a bad time!!" Brady joked on Instagram.

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

Curran: Jets' 2015 tampering with Revis more extensive than NFL revealed

The Patriots obviously got it right when they pushed away from the table during the Darrelle Revis bidding war in 2015. 

The once-great corner spent the 2016 season languishing on the field. He’s spending the early part of the offseason reacting negatively to backpack journalism after midnight. 


But the alleged double KO by Revis and his buddies isn’t what prompts this submission. 

It’s the revelation from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that the tampering the Jets engaged in when they were prying Revis loose from the Patriots was way, way more involved than what the NFL fined them for. And that Jets owner Woody Johnson knew all about it. 

Mehta leads his piece revealing that, long before free agency opened in 2015, Revis “was ready to squeeze more money out of [Johnson] who he knew would be willing to overpay for his services again.”

Mehta reports that, “back-channel discussions with the Jets in February set the foundation for a Revis reunion . . . 

“Team officials in stealth mode communicated with Revis, Inc., through private cell phones and face-to-face covert meetings at the 2015 Scouting Combine rather than make calls from the team's landlines at their Florham Park facility. No paper trails were a must.

“Johnson, the driving force behind bringing back Revis to right a wrong in his mind, endorsed all of it.”

The Patriots -- who were in the midst of the Deflategate colonoscopy that resulted in absurd-level discipline -- lodged a complaint with the league over the Jets tampering after Revis signed with the Jets in mid-March of 2015. 

The Jets were fined $100,000 but weren’t docked any draft picks.. The tender wrist slap came, ostensibly, because Johnson moronically stated at a December press conference that he’d “love” to have Revis return to New York. 

Maybe Johnson wasn’t being a dummy. That comment provided cover for the league office -- which has a documented history of treating the two NYC franchises with kid gloves -- to let the Jets off easy. 

Mehta’s article is the latest offering from him since completing his heel turn against Revis. 

Mehta did everything but fly the plane to bring Revis to New York once the 2014 season ended. And this is what he wrote the day the Jets penalty came down: 

The NFL’s attempt to uncover any dirt was an exercise in futility, a witch hunt driven by nonsense from a hypocritical organization with no reason to feel threatened by its competitor. 

You may wonder what’s the point? 

Clearly, the Patriots got it right while the Jets cheated, got what they wanted, and are now getting what they deserved. 

And everyone already knows the league office’s investigations and operations arms under the brutally incompetent leadership of Troy Vincent are a laughingstock. 

All true. But if I don’t write this now, I may have no recollection of this particular instance of league corruption given the absolute avalanche of other incidents