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Hoyer, Jackson return to Cleveland

Posted May 16, 2013

The Cleveland Browns have signed quarterback, and Cleveland St. Ignatius graduate, Brian Hoyer, and agreed to terms running back Brandon Jackson.

Former Cleveland St. Ignatius High School quarterback Brian Hoyer has returned home.

On Friday, Hoyer, a four-year NFL veteran, signed with the Cleveland Browns. The Browns also agreed to terms with running back Brandon Jackson and waived tight end Garrett Hoskins.

After completing his college career at Michigan State University, Hoyer was signed as an undrafted free agent by and spent his first three NFL seasons with the New England Patriots. Hoyer completed 27 of 43 attempts for 286 yards and one touchdown against an interception in 13 games as a member of the Patriots.

“Brian brings experience and a solid reputation to our squad,” said Browns coach Rob Chudzinski. “We are looking forward to getting him out on the field.”

Last season, Hoyer spent parts of the season with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals. He played in two games with the Cardinals, with one start, and completed 30 of 53 attempts for 330 yards and one touchdown against two interceptions.

At St. Ignatius, Hoyer was a two-year starter for Coach Chuck Kyle. As a junior in 2002, he completed 131 of 263 attempts for 2,130 yards and 18 touchdowns. The following season, Hoyer earned honorable mention All-Ohio accolades by completing 158 of 281 attempts for 2,570 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Jackson originally signed with the Browns as an unrestricted free agent prior to the 2011 regular season, but missed the entire year due to a toe injury. Last season, he played in two games and rushed for 54 yards on eight carries. He also caught two passes for 20 yards.

In his five-year career, Jackson has rushed for 1,383 yards and seven touchdowns on 355 carries. He has 112 receptions for 864 yards and two touchdowns.