After Mac Jones Injury, Patriots Fans Look To QB Backup 'Axel' Brian Hoyer

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Yes, you read that right— the real full name of the backup quarterback for the New England Patriots is Axel Edward Brian Hoyer, and many fans are speculating he may take the field in Mac Jones' stead in Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.

At the tail end of the Patriots' lost game against the Baltimore Ravens over the weekend, Jones notably suffered what many are calling a "severe high-ankle sprain," something that may keep the starting quarterback out of the game several weeks. Which leads us to Hoyer, who during a press conference on Tuesday, was revealed to have Axel as his real first name.

"Yes, it is his real first name. His 'government name' as we say," said Patriots Wide Receiver Matthew Slater said.

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Though Patriots Offensive Assistant/Quarterbacks Coach Joe Judge said that change-up isn't set in stone just yet.

"We always look to play to our players' strengths. Every player has a unique skill set. Every player does certain things better than other things. We'll have a plan based on who is going to be the quarterback, and we'll see how that develops throughout the week. We don't want to completely turn the offense on its head because we feel like we are making some progress," Judge said.

Matthew Slater said he has confidence in all the quarterbacks on their roster.

"I've been with Axel for fourteen years now, known him for fourteen years and been a teammate of his off and on. We have a lot of confidence in here," Slater said.

WBZ's Brian 'Axel' Antonelli (@GuPogs) reports.

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