New England has trimmed their roster down to the necessary 53-men, and out of those 53-men they have decided to keep only four wide receivers. This move may not be all that surprising, especially considering that New England will be playing mostly two tight end sets with Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett this season.
Throughout the preseason competition, fans could have likely guessed the four receivers that would make the team. Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan, and Malcom Mitchell were all but assured a spot in the final 53. The fact that the Patriots decided to keep only four receivers is a great sign for one receiver in particular, Chris Hogan.
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Hogan has shown a lot of growth since being acquired as a restricted free agent earlier this year. It is expected that Amendola is still number two on the depth chart. However, with Amendola missing the entire preseason on the PUP list, the Pats must be ready to depend on Hogan to play a big role this season.
Hogan has shown great reliability throughout training camp and was the Patriots’ best receiver in the preseason. He has clearly earned the trust of both Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo. He was also very reliable during his three seasons in Buffalo as he didn’t miss a single game due to injury.
Earlier this year, Hogan showed gratitude to New England for giving him the chance to be a focal point of the offense, as he spent a lot of time playing special teams in Buffalo. There is no question that Hogan has what it takes to be the second “go to” wide receiver after he was seen making flawless catches with both Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady during minicamp and the preseason.
Some may undermine Hogan’s potential due to lack of exposure over the previous years. However, Hogan is enthusiastic when participating during practice and has more potential than Amendola or Edelman. At 27, Hogan is entering his prime and that should suit New England very well.
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