Veteran wide receiver Chris Hogan has agreed to a deal to become the Carolina Panthers’ latest wide receiver. Hogan, a big play receiver, spent three years with the New England Patriots after getting his shot with the Buffalo Bills in 2012.
The former lacrosse star was somewhat of a late bloomer, but he quickly became a weapon within the Patriots’ offense at the age of 28. Hogan averaged 17.9 yards per reception in 2016, while scoring season-high 4 touchdowns. He also gained career high 680 receiving yards in 2016. A year later, Hogan scored five touchdowns to break his personal record. However, injuries set him back that season when he only played in nine regular season games.
Hogan returned last season to play all 16 games. He only amassed 35 receptions. Yet, he still found a way to make an impact on the offensive side of the ball. Hogan averaged 15.2 yards per reception, while scoring 3 touchdowns.
In all, Hogan has 194 receptions for 2610 yards and 18 touchdowns. He will be 31 midway through the 2019 season, so there is a chance Hogan will slow down a bit. However, he may also provide a reliable weapon for Cam Newton and the Panthers’ offense. The deal is only for one year, so it’s not too much of a gamble for the NFC South contender.
The Panthers finished the 2018 season with a (7-9) record. They really struggled once Newton suffered a shoulder injury midway through the season. Newton could barely throw the ball 30 yards down field. However, he played every game until the Panthers were eliminated from playoff contention. As a result of the injury, the Panthers are coming into the season with a huge question. Will Newton be healthy enough to compete at a high level?
If so, Hogan is the type of player that may push the Panthers over the top. They already have one of the best dual-threat running backs with Christian McCaffrey in the mix. D.J. Moore also came onto the scene during his rookie year with 788 receiving yards. The addition of Hogan can help Moore and Curtis Samuel find openings against opposing defenses.
Hogan also brings two Super Bowl rings to the plate. He’s played in nine postseason games. So far, his record is (8-1) in those games. Hogan didn’t record a reception during the Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams. It was his only postseason performance where he was held without a catch. However, he caught 6 passes for 128 yards a score against the Philadelphia Eagles in a Super Bowl loss.