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:||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school:||Franklin Lakes (NJ) Ramapo|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2017|
Christopher James "Chris" 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 University in New Jersey. Prior to his football career, he played intercollegiate 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 chose to attend Penn State on scholarship to help build a rising Nittany Lions men's lacrosse program. He started all 13 games a freshman in 2007, scoring 11 goals, but appeared in 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. He graduated in 2010 with one year of college sports eligibility remaining.
Taking advantage of the year of college eligibility remaining after his 2008 ankle injury, Hogan and chose to enroll at Monmouth University in New Jersey to play football for its Hawks. He immediately secured a spot as a receiver, and also also played at cornerback 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 on offense, and 28 tackles and three interceptions on defense.
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,  receiving no draft compensation because of their original minimum salary one-year tender.
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. On February 5, 2017, Hogan was part of the Patriots team that won Super Bowl LI. In the game, he had four receptions for 57 yards as the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 34–28 in overtime.
Career statistics are accurate as of week 2 of the 2017 season.
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."
- McBride, Jim (June 6, 2016). "Patriots’ Chris Hogan took an unusual route to the NFL". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
- Hanzus, Dan (September 11, 2012). "Chris Hogan of 'Hard Knocks' cut by Miami Dolphins". NFL.com. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
- Buscaglia, Joe (March 11, 2016). "Bills decline offer: Hogan headed to Patriots". Retrieved September 30, 2016.
- "Sportrac.com:Chris Hogan contracts". Sportrac.com. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
- "Patriots sign WR Chris Hogan". Patriots.com. March 11, 2016.
- "Hobbled Tom Brady and Patriots hand Jets third straight loss". NY Daily News. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
- Hartwell, Darren (23 January 2017). "Chris Hogan Passes Deion Branch With Record-Setting Game For Patriots". NESN.com. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
- "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2 September 2017.