BEREA, Ohio -- Sometimes, discretion is the better part of valor.
Although Cleveland Browns veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer has been begging the coaching and medical staffs to let him resume full football activities despite being only eight months removed from suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, he has accepted the fact that his first full-squad work will come during training camp.
"Being cautious, I would say that if I had to make a decision today, I'd lean toward just keeping it the way we've been doing that, and being in what we call 'Spartan Mode,' where the D-line plays run, takes a couple steps and stops just to keep bodies from being around him," first-year Browns coach Mike Pettine said. "From a risk-reward standpoint, it doesn't make a lot of sense to expose him at this point."
While Hoyer will be on the sidelines for the 11-on-11 workouts until the start of training camp at the end of July, he will continue going through individual drills and film sessions in order to get a better handle on the offense being installed by coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
"I know that this offense is very powerful with run, pass, play-action and stuff like that," Hoyer said. "I really like the direction we're going. We're learning constantly. We're still learning stuff, and now, we've pretty much got everything in. Now, it's getting back to plays you ran a few weeks ago and try to remember those. I think it'll be good for us.
"After Thursday, we have five practices left. After the downtime, you kind of let it soak in a little bit. Right now, our heads are all spinning. When you have that off-time, you pull back a little bit and watch the film.
"When you come to training camp, you kind of have a better feeling, as opposed to just learning it, when you hear a play called, you're like, 'Oh, I've run this before. This is how it's going to play out.' I think we'll all be better when we come back."
Running Shanahan's offense is something Hoyer looks forward to doing during training camp, after spending years emulating such plays and schemes with the New England Patriots.
"Really, the NFL is a copycat league, so some of the plays that I'm running with Kyle, when I was in New England, we stole from Kyle just to put it in our offense," Hoyer said. "There's a lot of things that have carryover, but there are certain things that Kyle's run that I've never run before.
"I've been begging to get those reps because I want to make the mistakes in OTAs. When it comes to training camp, I want to have the read down. Me being in the NFL this long is probably an advantage because I'm used to going from offense to offense to offense. This is similar to what I ran in my early years, as opposed to what I did last year."