The Bengals elevated Hogan to the active roster Monday. With Brandon Allen (knee) ruled out for Monday's game against the Steelers, Hogan will add quarterback depth behind Ryan Finley. Hogan hasn't played since 2017, when he took the field in four games for the Browns and registered 517 passing yards (6.9 yards per attempt), four touchdowns and five interceptions.
Hogan signed with Cincinnati's practice squad Saturday. The 28-year-old last saw game action in 2017 with the Browns, but he'll now receive an opportunity with the Bengals. Hogan provides depth behind Brandon Allen and Ryan Finley now that Joe Burrow (knee) is on injured reserve.
Hogan completed 12 of 23 passes for 138 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in the Broncos' 20-7 preseason win over the Cardinals on Thursday. Hogan outgained fellow signal-caller Brett Rypien in passing yardage, but he averaged just 6.0 yards per attempt and short-circuited two drives with his picks. The third-year quarterback is battling Rypien to open the season as Joe Flacco's primary backup, and neither has has pulled clearly ahead of the other with their play. Therefore, further insight will have to be gleaned from final cuts and related developments over the coming days.
Hogan started Saturday's 10-6 preseason loss to the Rams, completing eight of 12 attempts for 69 yards and rushing four times for 14 yards while playing the first three series. The third-year signal-caller did well during his starting stint, though it's worth noting the Rams did not treat the contest as any sort of dress rehearsal. In fact, Los Angeles sat its first-team defense, but Hogan was able to lead an 11-play, 63-yard march that culminated in a field goal on his last possession of the game. Coach Vic Fangio has stated Brett Rypien is competing with Hogan for the No. 2 quarterback job to open the season with Drew Lock (thumb) sidelined, and Hogan appears to have turned in a more productive performance Saturday on a yards-per-attempt basis while also flashing his signature mobility.
Hogan will start during Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. Hogan's chances of earning a 53-man roster spot improve for the time being with Drew Lock (thumb) recovering from a thumb sprain. Lock will skip the beginning of the regular season, leaving Hogan and Brett Rypien to vie for the backup job to open 2019. Hogan's start Thursday is likely another indicator that he's in the lead for that role.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||10/31||@New York Jets||3||16.00|
|11||11/21||@Las Vegas Raiders||11||19.00|
|13||12/05||Los Angeles Chargers||6||17.33|
|14||12/12||San Francisco 49ers||23||23.40|
|17||01/02||Kansas City Chiefs||31||27.00|
|3 Year Avg||0.0||0||0||0||0||0||0|