Hogan projects as a second-team player for the start of offseason practices, Joseph Person of The Athletic reports. Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports that Hogan's one-year, $1.45 million contract includes only $300,00 guaranteed, potentially setting him up to battle for a roster spot. The former Patriot at least has a track record of contributing on special teams, while fellow Panthers wideout Torrey Smith has strictly played offense throughout his career. With D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel locked into key roles, Hogan and Smith will compete with Jarius Wright, Rashad Ross and a few other players.
Hogan signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Friday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. The 30-year-old wideout had some big playoff moments during his three seasons in New England, but he finished his tenure with a zero-catch, six-target dud in a Super Bowl win over the Rams. Given the one-year contract and the length of time he spent unsigned, Hogan doesn't seem to have drawn much interest as a potential starter on the open market. The Panthers are looking at a tough competition for snaps at wide receiver, with Hogan joining a group that includes D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel, Jarius Wright, Torrey Smith and Rashad Ross. The team could still opt for some cap relief by releasing Smith and/or Wright.
Hogan did not haul in any of his six targets in Sunday's 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII. Despite what looked like a nice four-game window of opportunity to start the 2018 season, Hogan's production was rather modest considering the investment required to obtain him in preseason fantasy drafts/auctions. Overall, the 30-year-old logged 35 catches (on 55 targets) for 532 yards and three TDs in 16 games, while often serving as the No. 4 or 5 option in the Patriots' passing attack. With Hogan's three-year deal with the team set to expire, the wideout will become an unrestricted free agent next month. A return to New England is still possible, but other teams figure to kick the tires on Hogan. If the opportunity for a more clear-cut role presents itself, the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder could be sporting a new uniform in 2019.
Hogan caught five of his seven targets for 45 yards in Sunday's 37-31 AFC Championship Game win over the Chiefs. Meanwhile, Julian Edelman caught seven of his 10 targets for 96 yards and TE Rob Gronkowski hauled in six of his 11 targets for 79 yards. With Josh Gordon no longer in the mix, Hogan profiles as the Patriots' clear-cut No. 2 wideout option as Super Bowl LIII against the Rams approaches, an assignment that carries with it a degree of fantasy utility.
Hogan was not targeted in Sunday's 24-12 win over the Bills. Though Hogan started and was on the field for 62 of the Patriots' 75 snaps on offense Sunday, he was not one of the two wide receivers (Julian Edelman and Cordarrelle Patterson) targeted by QB Tom Brady in Week 16. Looking ahead, Hogan figures to log plenty of snaps in the absence of Josh Gordon, but a lack of steady volume makes him a hit-or-miss fantasy option.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
|2||09/13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|6||10/13||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|8||10/27||@San Francisco 49ers||30||26.13|
|10||11/10||@Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|12||11/24||@New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
|17||12/29||New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||57||36||550||4||22||15.28||79|