In the process, Hogan hauled in three of his five targets for 42 yards and a pair of TDs. It was the second consecutive five-target game for Hogan, but this time around he parlayed his touches into relevant fantasy production. In future outings, we'd expect Hogan to see more looks from QB Tom Brady, an expectation based on his heavy weekly snap count.
Hogan caught one of five targets for 11 yards during Sunday's 27-20 win over the Texans.
Coming into the season without Julian Edelman, Hogan appeared to be the Patriots' most established option out wide. New England instead focused on throwing to backs and tight ends and unheralded Phillip Dorsett ended up with seven receptions and a score. The Patriots are as good as any team in the league at adapting week to week, so Hogan might be the go-to receiver in the weeks ahead. If not, it'll be interesting to see how his role evolves once Edelman returns after four games.
Hogan was on the field for 15 snaps in Friday's preseason loss to the Panthers, en route to catching his only target for 10 yards.
Hogan's next game action should arrive in Week 1 of the regular season, at which time he is in line to be a focal part of New England's passing game, with Brandin Cooks having been traded to the Rams and Julian Edelman set to serve a four-game suspension out of the gate. Even once Edelman returns to the mix, Hogan will remain entrenched as a starter, which puts him in a good position to record career-high totals. The 29-year-old caught 34 passes (on 59 targets) for 439 yards and five TDs in nine games last 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 will be part of a New England receiving corps that lost Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks in the offseason, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.
The offseason moves should lock Hogan into a starting job, freeing up a potential logjam at wide receiver with Julian Edelman expected to return from the torn ACL that cost him all of 2017. Hogan had his own injury 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 YPT) 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 is fast enough to separate from most defensive backs, with the size and strength to make contested catches and shed tacklers.
|7||10/21/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|8||10/29/18||@ BUF||8:15 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/25/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ PIT||4:25 pm|
|2011||New York Giants||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New England Patriots||15||14||38||680||17.9||79||4||11||4||23|
|2017||New England Patriots||9||7||34||439||12.9||47||5||6||1||22|
|2018||New England Patriots||3||1||7||84||12.0||29||2||1||0||5|
|2011||New York Giants||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New England Patriots||15||14||3||9||3.0||6||0||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||9||7||3||17||5.7||13||0||0||1|
|2018||New England Patriots||3||1||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2011||New York Giants||0||0||0||0||---||0||---||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||---|
|2016||New England Patriots||15||14||0||0||---||0||---||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||---|
|2017||New England Patriots||9||7||0||0||---||0||---||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||---|
|2018||New England Patriots||3||1||0||0||---||0||---||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||---|
|2011||New York Giants||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||New England Patriots||15||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||9||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||New England Patriots||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2011||New York Giants||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New England Patriots||15||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||New England Patriots||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|