Initial Reaction – New York Jets Sign WR Chris Hogan

Stephen Zantz with initial reaction to the New York Jets signing WR Chris Hogan

It’s no secret the Jets have a depth problem at the WR position. A few guys are hurt and there is a ton of inexperience in the WR room. Joe Douglas addressed this problem by signing Chris Hogan on Sunday morning. I suggested the Jets should sign Hogan back in July to get another veteran in the room. Let’s take a deep dive as to what exactly the Jets are getting in Hogan.

Tom Pelissero first broke the news Sunday morning that the Jets had signed veteran WR Chris Hogan. With this move, Chris Hogan officially is part of the AFC East Hall of Fame. He started his career in Miami before latching on to Rex Ryan’s Bills. He earned the nickname 7-11 because he was always open during his time with Miami and Buffalo. His strongest NFL impact was with the Patriots where he won 2 Super Bowls. 2016 was a career season where Hogan caught 38 balls for 680 yards and 4 touchdowns. He really came on in that playoff run notching 17 receptions for 332 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Chris Hogan has never been a stud top receiver during his 9-year NFL career. He’s had an interesting journey as he originally was a lacrosse player at Penn State (I know everyone is aware since Jim Nantz always mentioned this) before transferring to Monmouth University (shout out 732) to play football. He went undrafted in 2011 but found a way to make an impact at the NFL level. He initially was a special teams player who had a limited role on offense during his time with Miami and Buffalo. Upon signing with New England, he was finally integrated into an offense as he fit the mold of what Belichick love in receivers. Last season was a lost one for Hogan as he only appeared in 7 games (1 start) before landing on IR for the Panthers. I’m willing to bet Hogan still has a little left in the tank and is motivated in 2020.

Hogan most likely will catch fewer than his career high 38 balls in 2016 for the Jets. He may not be on the team for the entire 2020 season. The one thing I love that he brings to the table is championship experience as well as a chip on his shoulder to teach the younger receivers. As I mentioned in my article in July, Hogan is the perfect mentor for Vyncint Smith and Braxton Berrios. Both players are young receivers who don’t have crazy measurables or raw athletic ability. They both are hard workers who are trying to earn every snap of playing time. Hogan can guide these young players in the right direction to help make an impact in 2020 and beyond. Hogan can also be a reliable guy in the redzone to catch 3-4 touchdowns from Sam Darnold if he is able to stay healthy.