Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas compared quarterback Brian Hoyer to Patriots star Tom Brady. Hoyer, who spent three seasons with the Patriots as Brady's backup, is battling first-round pick Johnny Manziel for the Browns' starting job.
In comparing him to Brady, Thomas said Hoyer has similar leadership qualities as New England's three-time Super Bowl champion quarterback.
"He's a lot like Tom Brady,'' Thomas said at training camp Monday. "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."
As a starter, Hoyer led the Browns to a 3-0 record last season before tearing his ACL in October. He threw for 615 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions last year. The Browns drafted Manziel with the No. 22 pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
- Paul Palladino