Chris Hogan signed with the Patriots this offseason where he will likely be the No. 2 receiver behind Julian Edelman. Danny Amendola will remain in the mix for targets, and you know Tom Brady will lean on Rob Gronkowski and Dion Lewis out of the backfield as well. But this is an upgrade for Hogan, who signed a three-year deal worth $12 million. Hogan has played well for the Bills the past two seasons with 77 catches, 876 yards and six touchdowns over that span, but playing with Brady should provide a big boost in production. New England has to replace Brandon LaFell, who only had 37 catches for 515 yards last season, and Hogan is a versatile receiver for the Patriots who can line up outside and in the slot. He's worth drafting with a late-round flier in all leagues, with his value slightly higher in PPR formats.
The Bills have elected to not match the three-year, $12 million offer sheet that Hogan signed with the Patriots, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Hogan, who caught 36 passes for 450 yards and two TDs for the Bills in 2015, adds some needed depth and size (he's a 6-foot-1, 220-pounder) to the Patriots' receiving corps, which recently bid adieu to 6-foot-3, 210-pound Brandon LaFell. The unit is currently headed by Julian Edelman, though given that Danny Amendola is due $5 million in base salary this season, it's unclear how solid his roster spot is. In any case, Hogan looks like a nice fit in the New England offense, with his fantasy prospects in 2016 boosted by the fact that he's destined to see his share of snaps and targets in a Tom Brady-helmed offense.
The Patriots are expected to sign Hogan, who is a restricted free agent, to a three-year offer sheet that could be worth up to $12 million. In such a scenario, the Bills would have five days to match the Patriots' offer, but such an outcome seems unlikely at first glance, given that Buffalo has limited salary cap space with which to work. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Hogan, who caught 36 passes for 450 yards and two TDs for the Bills in 2015, would provide a needed boost in terms of depth and size to a New England receiving corps -- currently headed by Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola -- that recently bid adieu to 6-foot-3, 210-pound Brandon LaFell.
Hogan, a tendered restricted free agent, is drawing interest from the Patriots, The Buffalo News reports. Teams signing tendered free agents from other teams is a pretty rare occurrence, but Hogan could be a decent target. He's an undrafted player, meaning he wouldn't cost the Patriots anything if the Bills chose not to match an offer. Plus the Pats are in a much better cap position than the Bills. It's also worth noting Hogan - who's more of a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver - had his best game of 2015 against New England on a day when he caught six balls for 95 yards and was open several times more than that. At worst, the Patriots could force a division rival to spend a little extra money than the low tender Hogan has received.
Hogan, a restricted free agent, was tendered a contract Monday, BuffaloBills.com reports. While the Bills are still looking for a threat to pair up with Sammy Watkins, they apparently like the versatility and blocking Hogan has provided the last few seasons and he'll likely be brought back for another campaign. He projects as a solid No. 3 or No. 4 and not a stater, however. And remember this is an offense that prefers to run.
Hogan caught just one pass on three targets for two yards in Sunday's win over the Jets. Hogan finishes the 2015 season with a career-high 450 yards, but he saw the end zone just twice, not really acceptable for a guy with good hands and a decent frame. In fact, Hogan went through some drops issues during the season and never really seemed to gain a rapport with Tyrod Taylor. In fact, he received his most targets by far in a game quarterbacked by EJ Manuel. Hogan is a good blocker and the team seems to like him, so he might be brought back next season. However, a fourth or fifth wideout role seems to be where he's most valuable, with the Bills or anyone else.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/20||@San Francisco 49ers||18||22.38|
|12||11/28||@New York Jets||19||22.75|
|13||12/04||Los Angeles Rams||6||18.50|
|16||12/24||New York Jets||19||22.75|
|3 Year Avg||46||29||320||2||14||11.03||44|