Chris Hogan

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  1. Silence Dogood

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    I like Hogan, a lot. He is a football novice still. He was a Lacrosse star, who only played football (at DB and WR I think, but don't quote me) because he was injured and had a year of eligibility left. Four years into his NFL career and his stats are improving every year. It's just there are a lot of hands to feed and only one football. I think Hogan is going to put up a couple of 1,000 yard seasons in his career. I just don't know if it will be as a Patriot. Brady's arm strength has never been much more than adequate. It's his accuracy and ball placement that always impressed me most. Well, that and his ability to play chess with a defense. Outside of Joe Cool, no one compares to Brady in his ability to dissect a defense.

    Even if Tom drops off, and at his age it IS possible (not likely but possible), I think Jimmy Garoppolo is a star in this league, ala Aaron Rodgers. Sitting behind an all time great is a blessing, and Bill B would've jettisoned him when the interest was high, if he didn't see a future for him.

    The Patriots have been the biggest help for our cause, because now teams are actually drafting guys like Switzer, rather than the past where he would have to make it as a UDFA.
     
  2. Don Wassall

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    Patriots honor Chris Hogan as '7-11' on July 11

    For New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan, July 11 is a day that will always remind him of his nickname former teammate Reggie Bush gave him while playing on the Miami Dolphins practice squad.

    Bush bestowed Hogan with the nickname “7-11,” relating to the gas station chain 7-Eleven, for the wideout being “always open.”

    On Tuesday, the Patriots’ Twitter account had fun with the receiver’s nickname on “7-Eleven” day by posting a highlight reel of Hogan’s breakthrough performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Championship Game in January. Note: I couldn't get the twitter video to show up but it can be found here: https://twitter.com/Patriots/status/884830595007692800?ref_src=twsrc^tfw&ref_url=http://patriotswire.usatoday.com/2017/07/11/new-england-patriots-honor-chris-hogan-as-7-11/

    Hogan caught nine balls against Pittsburgh for 180 yards and had two touchdowns in the 36-17 win which led to the 28-year-old’s first Super Bowl championship in February.

    http://patriotswire.usatoday.com/2017/07/11/new-england-patriots-honor-chris-hogan-as-7-11/
     
  3. Thrashen

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    A recent pic of Hogan with his wife (they were married about a week ago) and infant twins. Everything is going right for the NFL's fastest wide receiver...

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  4. chris371

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    Thanks for the pic Thrashen, Stuff like that puts a Smile on my Face :)
     
  5. Don Wassall

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    Nice article on Chris, calling him the "silent assassin." His talent and dedication to being great should really pay off this season.

    Chris Hogan shaping up as very dangerous fourth option for Tom Brady

    by Jeff Howe

    Tom Brady’s offense might be indefensible because of its headliners, but a silent assassin could be the glue who helps hold it together.

    Chris Hogan has almost been an afterthought among Brady’s corps of weapons. The Pats have the most dominant force in the league in Rob Gronkowski, an elite route runner and clutch conversion artist in Julian Edelman and now a mesmerizing big-play threat in Brandin Cooks.

    Defenses will be so stressed out in their attempt to slow down Gronkowski, Edelman and Cooks that Hogan figures to be as dangerous as any of them. Hogan’s impressive training camp rolled on yesterday when he caught six of Brady’s 19 completions in team drills. He leads the team with 16 connections with Brady through five practices.

    That begs the thought: For a Patriots offense that thrives on matchup advantages, how much damage can Hogan levy?

    “Whatever the game plan is every single week, I’m not looking ahead at anything,” Hogan said. “My focus now is to try to string together good days in training camp and do my job. If I do my job, take advantage of every opportunity I get out there and be in the right spot, the plays will come. When it does come, I’ve got to take advantage of it.”

    Hogan isn’t going to lead the Patriots in catches or receiving yards. But he did catch 38 passes for 680 yards and four touchdowns last season, and his 17.9 yards per catch was the second-best output in a single season by a Brady teammate with at least 30 receptions. (It would have been the highest if his four-catch, 27-yard performance in the finale didn’t doom his average.)

    In his first season with the Pats, Hogan was a vertical threat who showed remarkable chemistry with Brady. Their symmetry led to touchdown connections in back-to-back weeks against the Rams and Ravens, as Hogan quickly read the defensive coverage after the snap and adjusted his route accordingly to yield the throws from Brady.

    The quarterback-receiver bond has clearly taken another step forward this camp, and Hogan acknowledged he has eliminated many of his mistakes, which weren’t all that noticeable to outsiders last year.

    “I think that’s a big thing for me,” Hogan said. “No matter what, you’re going to have hard days out here. There’s going to be a drop here or a tough pass that you didn’t come down with there. I think the mental aspect of the game is huge. For me, now in my second year, eliminating those mental errors or not knowing where to go, that’s pretty big for me. I know I’ve done a pretty good job of learning the offense and having a better understanding of who goes where and why. Being able to play fast is big.”

    Because Brady does trust Hogan so decisively, the case could be made that he is the most dangerous fourth option in the NFL. At the very least, Brady will wear out Hogan in games when defenses roll their coverages toward Gronkowski, Edelman and Cooks.

    Hogan admitted he is more comfortable in the offense this season, but he isn’t the type to be satisfied. He entered the league in 2011 as an undrafted product from Monmouth and bounced between four teams before corralling a three-year, $12 million contract from the Patriots, so Hogan has always worked for his place in the league. One successful season isn’t going to change his drive to keep earning his opportunities.

    There was another example yesterday. Brady overshot Hogan in the right corner of the end zone by a fingertip on his second-to-last throw of practice. It would have been an incredible over-the-shoulder catch if Hogan made it with a cornerback draped over his back, but the lack of execution got to him. The wideout slowly returned to his feet and wound up to fire his helmet into the grass before walking back across the field.

    “I could have come down with it,” Hogan said.

    There have been times over the past week when Gronkowski, Edelman and Cooks have stolen the show with their respective flashiness. Hogan has quietly been the most consistent among the group, at least in terms of catching passes, and that may be an under-the-radar theme once the season arrives.

    That’s a lifetime from now for Hogan.

    “Training camp for me is a day-by-day thing,” Hogan said. “It’s a grind. If you lose focus on what you’re trying to work on, you won’t be there mentally, and it’ll be tough physically. I’m just trying to string together good days. It’s still early in camp. It’s only going to get tougher, and it’s supposed to be hard out here.

    “I’m trying to put my head down and do what I’ve been doing in training camp since I’ve gotten to the National Football League.”

    http://www.freep.com/story/sports/n...-lions-ameer-abdullah-theo-riddick/533077001/
     
  6. sprintstar

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    I could barely get past this racially motivated line "Chris Hogan has almost been an afterthought among Brady’s corps of weapons. The Pats have the most dominant force in the league in Rob Gronkowski, an elite route runner and clutch conversion artist in Julian Edelman and now a mesmerizing big-play threat in Brandin Cooks."

    Is the author kissing negro butt, Hogan is faster than Cooks and is a bigger deep threat than Cooks! Edleman is not just a clutch conversion artist, he is a terror for the negro defenses anytime he is on the field as he is quicker, faster, shiftier, smarter than 99.99% of the negros defending him.

    Hogan is now known in the league, how can he be a "silent assassin"? This kid is a burner...plain an simple.
     
  7. white lightning

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    I feel bad for Hogan. He should be the 2nd or 3rd receiver above Cooks. Maybe it's the coach doing some damage
    control to keep the league happy. I can only imagine how much hell he gets for bucking the caste system on offense. As
    other posters have said I would love to see them experiment on defense too. It can only help!

    Chris Hogan would easily get 1000 yards if he was to be a 1 or 2 receiver and with Brady throwing the ball. As a number
    4 receiver he will probably have around 400-600 yards.
     
  8. Thrashen

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    While I think Hogan is the better player, I do believe that Cooks has some talent and has legitimate speed. He's had 2-straight 1,100+ yard seasons at a young age, albeit in the Saints' pass-first offense. He's also 7-8 years younger than Hogan/Edelman/Amendola, so I can understand why the Pats wanted him. Unlike so many other black 1st round WR's, Cooks hasn't missed a game in the last 2 seasons, but he has struggled with concussions on several occasions. Cooks is a much better receiver on turf than he is on grass, another reason to believe his hype could be unwarranted this season.

    If Cooks is injured at any point this season, the Pats could start:

    Brady at QB
    3-4 white OL
    3 white WR's (Edelman, Hogan, Amendola)
    A white TE (Gronkowski)
    A white FB (Develin)
    A white RB (Burkhead)

    Anyway, Chris Hogan has come a long way since his early days of being jerked around by the hapless Dolphins. Back then, nobody was talking about him except for Caste Football...

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  9. Don Wassall

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    Here's another nice article about 7/11:

    Why New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan is poised for a huge year in 2017

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    By Kevin Duffy

    FOXBOROUGH -- Bill Belichick dropped a surprising line in an otherwise humdrum radio interview earlier this week, telling WEEI hosts Christian Arcand and Andy Hart that Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan is "one of our best players."

    This is rare praise from Belichick, who is usually happy to list off adjectives when describing a player -- "smart, tough, instinctive," -- but hesitant to dish out superlatives.

    A Google search of "'Bill Belichick'" and 'one of our best players'" yields quotes about Devin McCourty (2015), McCourty again in 2011, Logan Mankins (2011), Randy Moss (2009), and Adam Vinatieri (2004).

    There may have been others, of course, but those are the five mentions that popped up online. All four of the above players have been Pro Bowlers. At least two are surefire Hall of Famers.

    The timing of Belichick's comment was especially curious. Generally, Belichick is not in the business of inflating expectations, which is precisely what a line like that about a player like Hogan will do.

    But here are the facts: Hogan is an incredibly gifted athlete. He can run past any secondary. He can dropkick field goals from 45 yards out. As Jimmy Garoppolo said last year, "I saw him punt last week or so, and he punted the sh-- out of the ball."


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    Chris Hogan is a freak athlete

    New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan is athletic as anybody in the team's locker room.

    The question is, what exactly will that role entail?

    Let's examine what he did for the Pats in 2016.

    Hogan saw 80 targets -- 54 from a perimeter position (X or Z) and 26 from the slot (Y). He caught 20 of 26 targets, or 76.9 percent, from that position. From outside locations, he caught 35 of 54 targets (64.8 percent). And he produced a number of big plays in the slot; nine of his 20 catches went for 20+ yards.

    On post routes or go routes run out of the slot, the Tom Brady-Chris Hogan connection was unbelievably efficient, completing 8-of-9 passes for 307 yards (34.1 yards per pass attempt) and two touchdowns.

    This represents a small sample size, but the ridiculous success rate could lead the Pats to expand Hogan's downfield opportunities from the slot position.

    Hogan also proved effective on quick-hitting routes. The Patriots made an effort to get the ball in his hands immediately. Fifteen of his targets were on wide receiver screens or quick flat routes (plays that typically develop in less than two seconds). Another 10 targets were on short slants or drags, the chain-moving plays that have long defined the Patriots' offense.

    This is where Julian Edelman has thrived. Truly replacing him will be impossible. Neither Hogan nor Brandin Cooks can match Edelman after the catch. Edelman's greatest asset is his innate ability to dodge the first tackler -- almost regardless of where he is on the field and how his body is contorted at the moment. Edelman can always make the first guy miss and gain a handful of extra yards, often finishing the play with a forward dive.

    Hogan and Cooks will not be able to replicate that skill. But based on the type of routes Hogan ran in 2016, and based on Cooks' elite quickness, both players (along with Danny Amendola) can get open quickly and allow Tom Brady to throw before the pass rush becomes a factor. These short routes can put the Patriots in favorable second-down and third-down situations. Sometimes, they help set up big play opportunities down the field.

    "Nothing good happens when I've got the ball in my hands," Brady said earlier this month. "So the faster I can get it out of my hands, the better it is, which means we've got to have a lot of trust."

    It's easy to spot the trust Hogan has earned from Brady. And, after a terrific training camp, it's reasonable to project a huge year from Hogan.

    Consider: Hogan had one catch for three yards in two games with Jacoby Brissett a year ago. He also missed a Week 11 game at San Francisco due to a back injury. If we sub out those three games and insert the three playoff games, Hogan had 54 receptions for 1,009 yards and six touchdowns over 16 games.

    The receptions should increase in 2017, even if Hogan is the No. 3 option behind Cooks and Rob Gronkowski. In 2014, Brandon LaFell, the clear No. 3 behind Edelman and Gronkowski, pulled in 74 catches for 953 yards and seven scores.

    Hogan is an ascending talent who has enjoyed an excellent training camp, capped by a four-catch, 70-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Lions. He is, in Belichick's words, "way ahead" of where he was a season ago, his first with the Patriots.

    Chris Hogan will play a major role in a 2017 Patriots offense that can no longer lean on Julian Edelman.

    LaFell was a solid possession receiver. Hogan offers better deep speed and more versatility.

    Traditionally an offense that has operated horizontally, the Patriots have three key pass-catchers that can push the defense vertically in Cooks, Gronkowski, and Hogan. They have all five starters returning along the offensive line, a group that should be able to pass-protect well enough to allow deep routes to develop.

    There's no question that the Patriots must now tweak their offense to suit the strengths of their top three receivers.

    As Belichick said Tuesday, "I think you always have to be ready to go with what you've got."

    Down the catalyst of their 2016 offense, they've still got Cooks, Gronkowski, and Hogan, two proven 1,000-yard receivers and a third who is likely on the verge of a breakout season.

    http://blog.masslive.com/patriots/2017/08/julian_edelman_injury_chris_ho.html
     

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