Fourth-year wide receiver Chris Hogan caught 87 passed for 959 yards and 6 touchdowns during his three seasons with the Buffalo Bills. While the Monmouth product was used sparingly in Buffalo’s passing game, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick took note of Hogan’s speed while playing special teams and returning punts for the Bills, signing him prior to this season.
In New England, the Patriots are utilizing Hogan as more of a wideout, already compiling 12 catches on 20 targets for 236 yards and a touchdown. He was a highlight of Tom Brady’s passing attack in the quarterback’s season debut on Sunday, as Hogan broke past the Cleveland Browns’ secondary for a team-high 114 yards on 4 catches. Belichick seemed very pleased with Hogan’s progress during a Tuesday conference call.
“Some of things that we ask him to do in the passing game were new to him, maybe a little bit different in our offenses’ structure. There’s definitely a learning curve, but he’s done a good job of that,” Belichick said.
“He’s worked very hard at those, the communication, the route adjustments, the technique and has played different positions. That’s part of our offense too, moving those guys around a little bit,” the coach continued.
“He’s very diligent about that, working on those coaching points that coach O’Shea and Coach McDaniels give to him. He’s worked hard at it, he’s made a lot of progress and he’s made a lot of big plays for us.”
Hogan’s ability to take the top off opposing defenses will continue to prove vital within the Patriots’ two-tight end formation featuring Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett.