Chris Hogan “very, very fortunate” to play with Brady, Belichick

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Panthers wide receiver Chris Hogan has nothing but fond memories as he reflects on his last three years with the Patriots.

Hogan told Mike Reiss of ESPN he considers himself lucky to have had Tom Brady as his quarterback and Bill Belichick as his coach.

I was very, very fortunate to be around one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, if not the best,” Hogan said. “One of the best coaches to ever coach. Great teammates. I miss Julian [Edelman] a little bit, going back and forth with him. I made a lot of friendships there, which I think will last the rest of my life.”

So why leave? Hogan didn’t want to say, although it didn’t sound like the Patriots tried very hard to keep him.

“I’d rather not go into too much detail on that, but it’s business, and I understand that,” he said. “I appreciate everything that was given to me in New England — the opportunity to go there and play — and I’ll always hold every single one of those people in that organization [in high regard]: Mr. [Robert] Kraft, Bill. It was time to move on, I guess. I take it for what it is. I enjoyed my time. And now I’m excited about the opportunity in front of me.”

After bouncing around the league with the 49ers, Giants and Dolphins but never getting on the field in a regular-season game, and then playing three years with the Bills but never getting to the playoffs, Hogan played in three straight Super Bowls with the Patriots. That’s an experience any player would get grateful for.

42 responses to “Chris Hogan “very, very fortunate” to play with Brady, Belichick

  1. I liked the guy but he did not have the best of hands. He did tear up the Steelers in last years playoff game. They must of thought what I just posted. Good luck Hogan. 2 rings ain’t bad.

  2. Seems brutally low dough for a WR in the last 3 SBs! But he never quite lived up to his 3yr $12M at Pats. He was a slow learner, and never developed chemistry with Brady. He rarely fumbled but looked lacklustre in a contract year, lacked physicality fighting contested balls.

    He’d had contract talks with Pats in 2018 & 2019 (said Bleacher Report) – I guess they only offered something like 2yr $3M, a massive paycut! Hence why in his official signing pic on Panthers’ site can’t even force himself to look happy with the 1yr $1.4M he ended up with.

  3. Sounds like it hurts him emotionally to have moved on and that is understandable.

    At the end of the day, part of the success of the Pats is their ability to manage the Salary Cap and get one dollar production from 50 cent expenditure. Hogan wanted a dollar for his dollar and in a violent sport like football, no one should blame him. Best of luck!

  4. “So why leave?”

    Awesome dude, great character, but he can’t get separation (unless its the stealers and they just decide not to cover him…) and he can’t out compete dbs for contested balls.

  5. Chris Hogan made a mistake by praising Belichick, Brady, Kraft, and the Patriots. Because the haters will now hate him for praising those guys.

  6. We pass this way but once and Chris Hogan was blessed with three wonderful years. Perhaps he can instill pride and determination in a team currently on a slippery slope. Good Luck, Chris.

  7. Liked the player, but it seemed like he only caught balls when the other team fell asleep on him. Needed an upgrade there, to take the pressure off Jules. I think the fact that Dorset is still on the team and Hogan is not speaks to where the coaching staff felt the issue was.

  8. His finest moment was the Atlanta collapse SB game. Pats helped him overachieve and extend his career, helps when you play with & for the best of the best. Good luck to him moving forward.

  9. “A rare classy patriots player. Brady and Edelman could learn a thing or two.”

    Actually you’re the one who could learn something. Brady, Edelman, Belichick and the rest never do anything but congratulate the other team when they lose and take the responsibility for a loss on themselves saying they have to play and coach better. They also never try to get the rules changed when they lose a big game.

  10. Brady is the type of leader that wants everyone to be “leaders”, that goes a long way. Michael Jordan was like that. Winning is above all else. It does not matter who gets the TD in Bradys eyes, getting the TD does.

  11. Pats always have a slot guy, TBrown, WWelker, Edelman, and a RB that can catch, KFaulk, Vereen, JWhite, etc. Superstars like Gronk and Moss once in awhile. But the X WR has usually been just an add on. DPatten, Givens, BLloyd, Lafells. Hogan was a nice piece to the puzzle. Good 3rd/4th WR. Didn’t seem like he got a lot of separation anymore, but glad he was here and I wish him luck. I think Inman is a very underrated signing. We’ll see.

  12. I learned that if every Player that has won a Superbowl with the Patriots gathered together in the same place, and wore their rings, it would look like a sunrise.

  13. Remember that time Hogan humiliated the Steelers in the 2016 AFC title game? That was awesome.

    What does it say about a Homer with the Steelers living rent free in his empty mind. Here you have a chance to thank a contributor and you need to bring up your obsession….the team that is liked far more than yours. Jealousy will get you every time.

  14. The Pats were having a hell of a time getting separation by their receivers last year. It was a golden opportunity for Hogan to step up and be counted as more than just a 4th receiver, and he did not respond well. Turning a perfect Brady pass into a pick didn’t help either. They would have kept him just based on his familiarity with the system and good citizen status, but only for cheap as the receiver situation had become a significant malady. Everyone concerned would have loved to see him do better.

  15. yea it’s tough losing good guys. belichick teams are the hardest rosters to make every year; it’s always about what he thinks you can do this year regardless of how good you were in the last game, season, or career. that’s what made him the GOAT GM.

  16. Hogan was very good for the Pats. Everyone remembers how he helped them come back to beat the Falcons. But he had something like 130 yards and a TD in their SB loss against Philly.

    There’s just no demand for his services because he’s declined physically. When he arrived in New England, he could beat corners deep. Not anymore. And his ball skills aren’t good by NFL standards, so he relies heavily on that athleticism.

  17. Pats gave Hogan 3 years and 15 million bucks. His output in the 2016 AFCCG against Pittsburgh, and his catch against KC in this years AFCCG cemented his legacy as another “unknown” patriot in my book. Fact of the matter is Chris slowed down in 2018, was dealing with injuries, and just had issues holding onto the ball.

    It still irks me to say this, but I still cannot FATHOM how Welker, with all of his talent, and ability, could not help us get a ring. I saw the catches Edelman, Hogan, and Amendola made yearly in the playoffs, and it just sucks to say we were better off without Welker.

  18. Good luck to Hogan. Thanks for helping the back to back to back AFC Champs and reigning World Champion Patriots along the way.

  19. Vasteelerfan says:
    May 26, 2019 at 10:18 am

    What does it say about a Homer with the Steelers living rent free in his empty mind. Here you have a chance to thank a contributor and you need to bring up your obsession…
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    It says that we appreciated Hogan’s efforts as exemplified by his epic performnance in the 2016 playoffs.

  20. Brady and Co. got him rings, but to say they made his career is a bit unfair to him. He was a very good receiver for the bills. So much so that Rex Ryan was vocally upset when the Bills GM didn’t match the Patriots offer. He earned his way to the Patriots.

  21. GoodellMustGo says:
    May 26, 2019 at 12:08 pm
    Good luck to Hogan. Thanks for helping the back to back to back AFC Champs and reigning World Champion Patriots along the way.

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    absolutely. he was clutch and a good X receiver

  22. It says that we appreciated Hogan’s efforts as exemplified by his epic performnance in the 2016 playoffs.

    It doesn’t say that at all now that you are back peddling .It might be implied,but that’s a stretch so you got owned again otherwise you wouldn’t have replied.

    Hogan like AB against the Pats…..last year member that Skippy?

  23. Belichick gambled a little when he gave Hogan that contract – $4 million per year for a guy who never had 500 yards or 5 TDs. He got good value, a solid #2/3 who would likely have done a lot better if not for the shoulder injury in 2017.

    Now he’s turning 31, there’s no way Belichick is keeping two 30+ year old receivers with injury histories on the roster. He chose to keep Edelman, and that’s pretty much all there is to it. It’s pretty much a straight “Moneyball” decision.

    Really happy to see Hogan get that deal in Carolina. He’s exactly the kind gritty guy they need. Came out as an UDFA, bounced around, worked his butt off to make it onto a roster, and was a key cog in two Super Bowl winning teams. It’s a great story, I hope he has several years left to go.

  24. Vasteelerfan says:
    May 26, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    It doesn’t say that at all now that you are back peddling .It might be implied,but that’s a stretch so you got owned again otherwise you wouldn’t have replied.

    Hogan like AB against the Pats…..last year member that Skippy?
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    Aah yes, last year. I do remember that well. The Patriots and Hogan won yet another SB.

    Frankly it is hilarious that your highlight from the season is a meaningless regular season game and a score from a guy who then decided he wanted out of Pittsburgh permanently.

  25. It’s particularly telling to compare Hogan’s comments about his former team and former quarterback with Joey Porter talking about his former quarterback. The Steelers do not live rent free in my head, other than all of my recollections of the patriots slapping them around in big games

  26. Vasteelerfan says:
    May 26, 2019 at 1:55 pm
    It says that we appreciated Hogan’s efforts as exemplified by his epic performnance in the 2016 playoffs.

    It doesn’t say that at all now that you are back peddling .It might be implied,but that’s a stretch so you got owned again otherwise you wouldn’t have replied.

    Hogan like AB against the Pats…..last year member that Skippy?

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    Actually I do not. The Steelers didn’t make the playoffs so AB never got his shot at them either way. The Pats did beat everyone they did face though, cumulating in the SB victory.

  27. If Brady is so classy why did he run into the locker room without shaking Nick Foles hand or any other Eagles player after they destroyed the patriots in that Super Bowl?

  28. Leman Russ says:
    May 26, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    If Brady is so classy why did he run into the locker room without shaking Nick Foles hand or any other Eagles player after they destroyed the patriots in that Super Bowl?
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    Give it up. Brady did shake hands with Eagles players, including Fletcher Cox which you can actually find a picture of online when you are done whining. But by then Foles was whisked away onto the stage to celebrate winning the MVP, and the Patriots got out of the way.

  29. since when is anyone obligated to shake anyone’s hand. sounds like a custom i’m free to ignore should i choose! right? oh yes that’s right i can make “the choice” NOT TO SHAKE YOUR HAND IF I CHOOSE NOT TO. i also don’t have to believe in any such custom either. wether you agree or don’t agree is not relevant. that is also a choice. thank you. you’re welcome 🙂

  30. i’d be stoked too if i was Chris Hogan. if we’re C H on most NFL rosters we’re riding the bench or just special teams/practice squad players, not a player that lined up quite a bit in the Bill Belichick Tom Brady O catching big passes and tds too, not to mention walking away with two super bowl rings and the story lines that go with them. yes C H walks away from the NE Patriots Organization a very satisfied man indeed.

  31. Hogan had big time 3rd down catches against the Jags in the AFC champ game as well as dragging his you know what all over the Steelers in the ’16 AFC champ game.

  32. Hogan like AB against the Pats…..last year member that Skippy?
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    4 for 49 and TD? Oh my let me call the Hall for that performance.

    Hogan in the 2016 game was a bit more unreal don’t you think? 9 for 180 and 2 TDs?

  33. Fortunate? Why? So his legacy is stained like the rest of them under BB and his porn star criminal owner? Nothing counts under BB, and this is what he feels fortunate about….drank the cool aid eh.

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