Rich Gannon: 'Brian Hoyer merits strong consideration'

Former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon says that Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer merits serious consideration as a starter in the league.

Former NFL MVP Rich Gannon has said that Brian Hoyer has done enough to merit "strong consideration" as a quarterback in the league.

The 28-year-old had made just one start prior to the 2013 season, but was promoted to starter for the Cleveland Browns in the third week of the campaign, leading the team to a three-game winning streak before sustaining a season-ending knee injury.

The retired quarterback, who now works as a pundit, told the team's website: "You look at that first game against Minnesota and how he brought them back there at the end, he just showed great poise and confidence, and I think the team really responded.

"It says a lot about how a team really responds and rallies around a guy. I think he's a guy that really merits some strong consideration.

"If you look around the [AFC North], Pittsburgh's got [Ben] Roethlisberger, Baltimore's got [Joe] Flacco, and of course, Cincinnati's got [Andy] Dalton. Cleveland's got to find a quarterback."

Hoyer will remain with the Browns for the 2014 season, having signed a two-year contract with the side in May.

Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on August 8, 2013
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