Chris Hogan (American football)
Hogan with the Bills in 2014
|No. 15 New England Patriots|
|Date of birth:||October 24, 1987|
|Place of birth:||Wyckoff, New Jersey|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school:||Franklin Lakes (NJ) Ramapo|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016|
Christopher James Hogan (born October 24, 1987) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Monmouth. Prior to his football career, he played college lacrosse at Penn State.
Joining the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2011, Hogan did not appear in a regular season game until 2012 when he became a member of the Buffalo Bills. Prior to his tenure with the Bills, he was signed by the San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, and Miami Dolphins, but was released by each team before the regular season. After four seasons with the Bills, Hogan signed with the Patriots and helped the team win Super Bowl LI.
High school career
Hogan grew up in Wyckoff, New Jersey and played both football and lacrosse at Ramapo High School. He was a first-team All-New Jersey performer as a junior and senior in lacrosse and an all-state first teamer as a senior in football.
Hogan had a tough decision to make coming out of high school to play football or lacrosse and chose to attend Penn State to help build a rising lacrosse program. He played college lacrosse for three seasons at Penn State, graduating in 2010 with one year of college sports eligibility remaining.
He was an All-American at Ramapo High School and earned a lacrosse scholarship to Penn State. He started all 13 games a freshman in 2007 scoring 11 goals and played just three games as a sophomore because of a high ankle sprain. In 2009 Hogan had 29 goals on 133 shots and was named first-team All-ECAC as well as voted captain for his senior season.
Hogan still had a year of college eligibility because of his ankle injury in 2008 and chose to go back to football for a year. He enrolled at Monmouth after graduating from Penn State and immediately secured a spot as a receiver. He also played at the cornerback position due to injuries in the secondary, and on all special teams units. He finished his one-year college football career with 12 receptions for 147 yards and three touchdowns along with 28 tackles and three interceptions.
San Francisco 49ers
On July 27, 2011, the San Francisco 49ers signed Hogan as an undrafted free agent. On September 3, 2011, he was released by the 49ers.
New York Giants
On September 12, 2011, Hogan was signed by the New York Giants and was placed on the practice squad. On September 23, 2011, he was released by the Giants.
On December 27, 2011, Hogan was signed to the Miami Dolphins's practice squad. On January 3, 2012, he signed a reserve/future contract with the Dolphins. In 2012, Hogan was among the final cuts at the end of training camp, but he was re-signed to the Dolphins' practice squad. On September 11, 2012, Hogan's practice squad contract was terminated by the Dolphins.
On November 6, 2012, the Buffalo Bills signed Hogan to their practice squad. On December 18, 2012, Hogan was promoted to the active roster. Hogan had a breakout season for the Bills in 2014, catching 41 balls for 426 yards and 4 touchdowns. On October 12, 2014, Hogan caught his first career touchdown on an 8-yard throw from Kyle Orton.
In the 2015 season, Hogan played in all 16 games for the Bills for a third straight year. He caught his first touchdown of the season in a win against his former team, the Dolphins, and had his best game on a Monday night against the New England Patriots. Hogan caught six passes for 95 yards during the game. In week five, against the Tennessee Titans, Hogan threw his first career NFL pass, a four-yard pass to quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The pass came on a drive that fueled the Bills to a 14-13 win. Hogan also had his first career rushing attempt during the season, which went for four yards. Hogan ended the year with 36 receptions for a career-high 450 yards and two touchdowns.
New England Patriots
On March 10, 2016, Hogan, a restricted free agent, signed a three-year offer sheet with the New England Patriots for $12 million, with $7.5 million guaranteed. The contract was front-loaded ($5.5 million in 2016) to make it difficult for the Bills to match. This occurred as head coach Bill Belichick saw major potential describing Hogan as a "burner" with incredible athleticism. On March 11, the Bills declined to match the offer sheet, officially making Hogan a Patriot; because the Bills originally offered him a one-year tender at the lowest possible amount, the Bills received no draft compensation. During a Week 1 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, Hogan scored the first touchdown of the season for the Patriots on a 37-yard pass from Jimmy Garoppolo. In the Patriots' Week 5 matchup against the Cleveland Browns, Hogan had a career high of 114 receiving yards. In Week 12, against the New York Jets, Hogan became the third Patriots wide receiver in as many seasons to attempt a pass; while Hogan's left-handed pass was incomplete, it drew a 31-yard defensive pass interference penalty. He also passed his previous career-best for receiving yards in a season with 461 yards on 21 receptions (20.1 yards per catch, then trailing only injured teammate Rob Gronkowski for the NFL lead at 21.6). In week 14, he caught a 79-yard touchdown pass against the Baltimore Ravens, the longest of his career (and the 7th longest in the NFL through week 14), part of another career-best 129 yards on 5 receptions. He ended the season with 38 receptions for 680 yards and 4 touchdowns; his 17.89 yards per catch was second only to DeSean Jackson's 17.95. In the postseason, Hogan had 4 receptions for 95 yards in a win over Houston, followed by 9 receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the AFC Championship win over Pittsburgh. These were career highs in all three categories, and a Patriots playoff record for receiving yards in a single game. In Super Bowl LI, Hogan caught 4 receptions for 57 yards. The Patriots trailed 28-3 in the third quarter, but rallied back to win the game 34-28 against the Atlanta Falcons which featured the first overtime game in Super Bowl history and the largest comeback in the Super Bowl.
Patriots franchise records
- Most yards receiving in a playoff game (180, January 22, 2017)
- Tara Sullivan (28 January 2017). "Sullivan: Hogan's path to NFL stardom laid in hard work". NorthJersey.com. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
- "Hard Knocks Creates a Celebrity: Chris Hogan In Demand". The Phinsider. Retrieved December 25, 2012.
- Rodak, Mike. "Football journey: Chris Hogan", ESPN, September 14, 2013. Accessed December 4, 2016. "It doesn't come as much of a surprise, then, that Buffalo Bills receiver Chris Hogan -- a native of Wyckoff, N.J. -- chose lacrosse over football. The two-sport athlete, an all-state selection in football at Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, was also the 2006 New Jersey Midfielder of the Year in lacrosse."
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- Hartwell, Darren (23 January 2017). "Chris Hogan Passes Deion Branch With Record-Setting Game For Patriots". NESN.com. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
- Wesseling, Chris. "New England Patriots win Super Bowl LI". NFL. Retrieved February 5, 2017.