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Brian Hoyer: Stat Tracker

Indianapolis Colts v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

Weekly dashboard of QB stats. Thanks to the nflscrapR project and the NFL Next Gen Stats who are the timely sources of this data. Shout-out to Arrowhead Pride’s Ethan Douglas whose weekly advanced analytics articles inspired some of these reports (OK, I stole them).

Commentary will be brief but feel free to let me know in the comments that stats aren’t everything.

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Brian Hoyer’s top 4 passing stats were a mixed bag. He had a good Passing Success Rate and a decent 1st Down %, but was really bad on the other two.

Ignoring the pick-six, his EPA/db would have been 0.18 which is almost 13 higher than Jacoby Brissett’s season average. Unfortunately, pick-sixes actually count.


Chester Rogers was Hoyer’s most popular target but Zach Pascal had by far the most success.

For the next graph, your WRs should be in the upper right quadrant (long depth of target, high EPA value). Rogers, Parris Campbell & Deon Cain are not there.

The pick-six caused Jack Doyle’s target EPA to be literally off the chart . . . in a bad way.


Hoyer had a low average depth of target but average air yards per completion.

His average TD throw length is longer than Brissett’s, but came from almost the same average point on the field. Obviously, 3 data points is not a large sample, but whoever our QB is, they need to find the end-zone from further out.


Hoyer’s completion rate was exactly as expected given depth of target and drops.


Hoyer’s time to throw this game was much quicker than Jacoby’s season average. Hoyer’s sack rate is also monstrously larger.