Chris Hogan (American football)
Hogan with the Patriots in 2017
|No. 15 – Carolina Panthers|
|Born:||October 24, 1987|
Wyckoff, New Jersey
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||210 lb (95 kg)|
(Franklin Lakes, New Jersey)
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2019|
Christopher James Hogan (born October 24, 1987) is an American football wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Monmouth University. 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 as 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 did not make the final roster of each team. After four seasons with the Bills, Hogan signed with the New England Patriots in 2016, making Super Bowl appearances in each season and winning Super Bowl LI and Super Bowl LIII.
High school career
Born and raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey, Hogan played both football and lacrosse for the Raiders athletic teams 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 University on scholarship to help build a rising Nittany Lions men's lacrosse program. He started all 13 games as 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 chose to enroll at Monmouth University to play football for its Hawks. He immediately secured a spot as a quarterback/receiver, and 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 three touchdown passes, 12 receptions for 147 yards and three touchdowns on offense, and 28 tackles and three interceptions on defense.
|Height||Weight||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 1 1⁄8 in
|4.50 s||1.57 s||2.63 s||4.15 s||6.75 s||36 1⁄2 in
|10 ft 6 in
|All values from Pro Day|
Outside of his speed, Hogan is also noted for his strength as a wide receiver. At his 2011 Pro Day, Hogan pumped 28 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. This would have been a record for wide receivers at the NFL Scouting Combine.
San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, and Miami Dolphins (2011–2012)
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. 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' practice squad. On January 3, 2012, he signed a reserve/future contract with the Dolphins. In 2012, he 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, his practice squad contract was terminated by the Dolphins.
Buffalo Bills (2012–2015)
On November 6, 2012, the Buffalo Bills signed Hogan to their practice squad. On December 18, 2012, Hogan was promoted to the active roster. On October 3, 2013, he recorded his first career reception against the Cincinnati Bengals. On October 12, 2014, against the New England Patriots, Hogan caught his first NFL touchdown on an eight-yard pass from quarterback Kyle Orton. Hogan had a breakout season for the Bills in 2014, recording 41 receptions for 426 yards and four touchdowns.
In the 2015 season, Hogan played in all 16 games for the Bills for the third consecutive season. He caught his first touchdown of the season in a win against his former team, the Miami Dolphins, and had his best game on a Monday Night Football game against the New England Patriots, catching six passes for 95 yards. In Week 5, 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 2015 season with 36 receptions for a career-high 450 yards and two touchdowns.
New England Patriots (2016–2018)
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 on NBC Sunday Night Football, Hogan scored the first touchdown of the season for the Patriots on a 37-yard pass from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. In the Patriots' Week 5 matchup against the Cleveland Browns, Hogan had a career-high of 114 receiving yards, this time with Tom Brady as his quarterback. In Week 8, while playing against his former team in Buffalo, he caught four passes for 91 yards, including a then career-long 53-yard touchdown reception. 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, on Monday Night Football, he caught a 79-yard touchdown pass against the Baltimore Ravens, the longest of his career (and the seventh longest in the NFL through Week 14), part of another career-best 129 yards on five 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 four receptions for 95 yards in a Divisional Round win over Houston, followed by nine 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.
In Week 2, against the New Orleans Saints, Hogan had five receptions for 78 yards and his first touchdown of the 2017 season. In addition, he recovered an onside kick in the fourth quarter. By Week 5, Hogan already had a career-best five touchdowns on the season. On October 29, against the Los Angeles Chargers, Hogan injured his right shoulder and had to miss a few games. On December 11, he made his return and recorded one reception for five yards in a 27–20 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football. Hogan helped the Patriots reach the Super Bowl for the second straight season after defeating both the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round and Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship. In Super Bowl LII, Hogan recorded six catches for 128 yards and scored a touchdown along with getting one carry for four yards. The Patriots lost to the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 41–33.
Hogan appeared in all 16 games for the Patriots, but was utilized less than in previous seasons. Despite a promising Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he recorded his second career regular-season game with two receiving touchdowns in the 31–20 loss, he had over five targets in just two games, zero receptions in four games, and failed to break 80 yards in any game. His only other touchdown reception came in Week 15. His 532 receiving yards in the regular season was fifth on the team; he had been fourth in 2017 despite playing just nine games.
The Patriots reached their third straight Super Bowl after defeating both the Los Angeles Chargers in the Divisional Round and Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship. Against the Chiefs in the AFC title game, Hogan had five catches for 45 yards, including a one-handed reception on third-and-8 in the fourth-quarter to sustain the Patriots' scoring drive to regain the lead at 31-28. In Super Bowl LIII, Hogan had no catches but the Patriots still won the game by a score of 13–3 against the Los Angeles Rams.
On April 12, 2019, Hogan signed with the Carolina Panthers. After four games where he recorded just three receptions, he was placed on injured reserve on October 2, 2019, with a left knee injury which required arthroscopic surgery. He was designated for return from injured reserve on December 11, 2019, and began practicing with the team again. He was activated on December 15, 2019.
Patriots franchise records
- Most yards receiving in a playoff game (180, January 22, 2017)
Sponsorships and endorsements
In 2015, Maximum Human Performance (MHP) announced the signing of Chris Hogan to a sponsorship deal.
Hogan is married to Ashley Boccio, a doctor and Long Island native whom he met at Penn State when they were both lacrosse players. The couple has twins, Chase James Hogan and Parker Kay Hogan, born in March 2017. Ashley was pregnant during the Patriots' Super Bowl LI run and could not attend the game, but she did attend Super Bowl LII. While with the Patriots, Hogan stayed in Foxborough, Massachusetts during the NFL season but drove down to his family home in Huntington, New York on Monday nights, spending Tuesday there before returning to Foxborough. Hogan is of Irish descent. 
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