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Why Cleveland Browns' Brian Hoyer is an elite quarterback

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After leading his team to the largest comeback on the road in NFL history, it's time to start putting Cleveland Browns quarterback into the elite quarterback status in the NFL.

I'm not saying he's where the Aaron Rodgers or Peyton Manning's are, but with each passing week, Hoyer is putting himself into top 10 consideration in this league.

He did throw his first interception of the year at Tennessee on Sunday, but a gritty performance with 292 passing yards and three touchdowns later deserves some merit. Yes, it was against the 1-4 Titans, but Hoyer's play the last two seasons has been exceptional.

Here's why

Hoyer's pass attempt to interception ratio is second best in the league behind Rodgers. He's thrown 132 balls with just the one interception. His quarterback rating is ninth best in the NFL at 97.7. Listen to this core of receivers, Miles Austin, Andrew Hawkins, Travis Benjamin, Taylor Gabriel. To put up those sorts of numbers with that core, is fairly impressive and they'll get the NFL receiving leader in yards from last season, Josh Gordon back in Week 12.

The Cleveland native is now 5-2 as the Browns starting quarterback. He wins games and the two losses are by a combined five points on last second field goals. Cleveland has a pretty favorable schedule over the next four games with home games against Pittsburgh, Oakland and Tampa Bay, with a road game at Jacksonville in that stretch. If he can get to 9-2 as a starter in that stretch, pretty sure we won't hear Johnny Manziel's name the rest of the year.

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It hasn't been all Hoyer either, his offensive line has been brilliant, being sacked just five times in four games. The running game has helped open up the pass too, the Browns currently have the fourth best rushing attack in the league with 143.3 yards per game and getting 4.5 yards per rush.

Hoyer learned under Tom Brady for years, and it looks to be paying off now for a franchise that has been searching for a franchise quarterback ever since 1999. 15 years later it looks like they may have finally found it.

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