Hogan is set to step in as the new backup to starting quarterback Case Keenum in Week 8 against the Chiefs after the Broncos released Chad Kelly on Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. After a stellar preseason, Kelly might have eventually received a chance to unseat the struggling Keenum for the No. 1 gig, but the 24-year-old lost out on that potential opportunity -- as well as his spot on the roster -- after he was arrested Tuesday on a first-degree criminal trespass charge. Kelly's dismissal allows Hogan, who was poached off waivers from the Redskins prior to the season, to move up a spot on the depth chart. Denver is likely to add a third quarterback to the mix at some point, though that player would likely be more of a developmental option for the practice squad rather than a direct threat to Hogan's backup gig.
Hogan was claimed off waivers by the Broncos, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports. It's been an interesting offseason for Hogan, who was traded from the Browns to the Redskins in April and now winds up replacing first-round bust Paxton Lynch in Denver. Hogan will initially slot in as the No. 3 quarterback behind Case Keenum and Chad Kelly.
Hogan appeared in four games and completed 46 of 75 passes for 517 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions. For a brief moment this season, Hogan replaced DeShone Kizer as Cleveland's starting quarterback, though that was short-lived, as the former Standford signal-caller three interceptions against the Texans before handing the reins back to Kizer the following week. Hogan has been inconsistent at best to start his career, with four touchdowns passes and seven interceptions on only 101 pass attempts. The Browns -- who have two of the first four picks of the 2018 NFL Draft -- are likely to draft another quarterback in April, and with Kizer essentially a lock to make the team's final roster, Hogan -- along with Cody Kessler -- could be shown the door.
Hogan (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Vikings in London. After four appearances this season, including a start in Week 6, Hogan was relegated to third-string quarterback behind DeShone Kizer and Cody Kessler in advance of Week 7. Subsequently, Hogan will reside on the inactive list for a second straight contest, though there's no guarantee he'll stay there considering head coach Hue Jackson's quick trigger finger this season.
Hogan will return to a backup role for Sunday's game against the Titans after Browns head coach Hue Jackson announced Wednesday that DeShone Kizer would serve as the team's starting quarterback in Week 7, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports. Hogan performed admirably in relief of the struggling Kizer in three contests earlier in the season, but faltered during his first NFL start in Sunday's loss to the Texans, completing just 20 of 37 passes for a horrid 3.8 yards per attempt while throwing three interceptions and fumbling once. Though Kizer proved similarly turnover prone while starting the Browns' first five games, his superior pedigree as a rookie second-round pick likely factored heavily into the winless team's decision to turn back to him with the playoffs seemingly out of reach already. If Kizer, who posted an NFL-worst 49.5 passer rating over his previous five starts, fails to show any noticeable improvement in his subsequent opportunities, it's not out of the question for Hogan or third-string option Cody Kessler to receive starts before the season ends, but neither would offer much fantasy upside while being flanked by underwhelming talent at the skill positions.
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