The offseason has worked out just right for Chris Hogan. Not only is he expected to be the primary outside receiver for the Patriots, but in the first four weeks of the season he should easily be the team's No. 1 receiver with Julian Edelman suspended. Once Edelman comes back, Hogan might lose out on some targets but will also never see double-teams thanks to Edelman and beastly tight end Rob Gronkowski. All he needs to do is stay healthy -- he missed seven games in 2017 due to injury, ruining the 10-touchdown pace he was on. Hogan showed his upside in Super Bowl LII against the Eagles with six catches for 128 yards and a touchdown after Brandin Cooks (who is no longer with the Pats) was hurt early. Hogan has No. 2 Fantasy receiver potential and is worth drafting as early as Round 5. Of the nine games he played last year, Hogan scored double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league in four of them.
Hogan dropped both of his targets in Thursday's preseason game against Washington, NESN's Doug Kyed reports. Hogan unexpectedly came off the bench as New England's No. 3 receiver behind starters Julian Edelman and Phillip Dorsett. The team likely just wanted to see Dorsett get more work in the first-team offense, albeit with Brian Hoyer at quarterback instead of Tom Brady. Dorsett also was held catchless on two targets, while Edelman didn't even draw a look. Hogan still figures to be Brady's top option at wide receiver during Edelman's four-game suspension to start the season.
Hogan appears poised to see an expanded workload this coming season, Jeff Howe of The Athletic Boston reports. Hogan got off to a strong start in the 2017 campaign before hurting his shoulder and missing all but one game in the second half of the regular season. A six-catch, 128-yard effort in the Super Bowl loss to the Eagles gave the 29-year-old something to build off of and he heads into the coming season atop the Patriots' wideout depth chart, with Brandin Cooks having been traded to the Rams and Julian Edelman facing a four-game suspension out of the gate. Now well past his shoulder woes, Hogan figures to be one of quarterback Tom Brady's key targets early on. Moreover, with Cooks no longer in the mix, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Hogan -- who is already a solid red-zone option -- could see more downfield looks this season, while Edelman does most of his damage in the short-to-intermediate passing game.
Hogan could take on a larger role in a New England receiving corps that lost Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks in the offseason, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. The offseason moves should lock Hogan into a starting job, freeing up a potential logjam at wide receiver with Julian Edelman (knee) expected to return from the torn ACL that cost him all of 2017. Hogan had his own health woes last season, missing seven games with a shoulder injury and catching only 34 of 59 targets (57.6 percent) for 439 yards (7.4 yards per target) in the regular season, though he did score seven times in 12 appearances (including playoffs). The 29-year-old has the potential to replace Cooks as Tom Brady's primary deep threat, having averaged 18.4 yards on 55 catches (including playoffs) in 2016, his first season in New England. Hogan obviously isn't a pure burner like Cooks, but he's fast enough to separate from most defensive backs, with the size and strength to make contested catches and shed tacklers.
Hogan hauled in six of eight targets for 128 yards and a touchdown during the Patriots' 41-33 loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. The speedster's importance went up a notch once Brandin Cooks was lost to a concussion in the first quarter, and he responded by posting a season-high receiving yardage total. Among his noteworthy plays, the fifth-year pass catcher hauled in a 26-yard scoring dart from Tom Brady late in the third quarter that brought the Patriots to within 29-26 at the time. Hogan had played a minimal role in the Patriots' first two postseason games, but Sunday's outburst wasn't exactly surprising considering he'd often been productive when given the opportunity during the regular season. Hogan's shoulder issues limited to just nine games in 2017, but he brought in a respectable 34 of 59 targets for 439 yards and five touchdowns during that span. With Danny Amendola potentially heading into unrestricted free agency, Hogan could find himself playing a prominent role alongside Cooks and the returning Julian Edelman (knee) in what would be a contract season in 2018.
Hogan (shoulder) logged 67 of a possible 81 snaps on offense in Saturday's 35-14 AFC divisional-round win over the Titans. Hogan caught just one of his four targets in his first game back since Dec. 11, but it resulted in a four-yard TD. With no reported setbacks in the contest, Hogan and Brandin Cooks are in line to continue to lead the Patriots wide receivers in terms of playing time next weekend's AFC championship game tilt versus the winner of Sunday's game between the Steelers and Jaguars. They'll be complemented by slot man Danny Amendola, who parlayed his 50 snaps against Tennessee into 11 catches on 13 targets for 112 yards.
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|6||10/15||Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
|9||11/05||Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|12||11/25||@New York Jets||19||20.00|
|17||12/30||New York Jets||19||20.00|
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