NFL: Preseason-New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans

Brian Hoyer is seen in August of 2019 while playing for the New England Patriots.

Brian Hoyer is back for round three.

According to The Boston Globe’s Jim McBride, the Patriots have reached an agreement with the journeyman who was released by the Colts earlier this week.

Now 34 years old, Hoyer’s presence ensures Jarrett Stidham will be able to lean on a quarterback well-versed in the Patriots offense, and he could compete for the starting job, too.

An undrafted free agent, Hoyer caught on with the Patriots in 2009 and stuck. He backed up Tom Brady for three seasons, then started games for the Cardinals, Browns, Texans, Bears, and 49ers before returning to New England again.

Hoyer was behind Brady for two more seasons until Stidham beat him out for the backup gig last August.