Once again, a familiar face is back in the AFC East. That face is former Patriots, Bills, and Dolphins wide receiver Chris Hogan.
On Sunday morning, the New York Jets signed Hogan.
The contract details have not been disclosed.
This signing is a depth move not only because of an average receiving core. But, the Jets are already two men down in the wide receiver department.
Honestly, the Jets should bring in another veteran receiver to hold ground. Veteran receiver DeMaryius Thomas played with the team last year and is familiar with head coach Adam Gase. Taylor Gabriel and Paul Richardson are also solid options at the wide receiver position.
The Jets have an average wide receiving core. Why not build it up with names?
Chris Hogan’s Role
It is unclear when rookie Denzel Mims will return.
One question that arises when Mims returns is: What do you do with Chris Hogan?
Honestly, it’s not foolish to keep Hogan in the starting offense. Mims is not a finished product and hasn’t really seen too many practice reps yet.
The development of Denzel Mims isn’t gonna be easy. No preseason, OTAs, or minicamp doesn’t help matters. Ease Mims into getting first team reps. You don’t wanna rush Mims back from injury nor hurt his development.
What Does Chris Hogan Bring to the Table?
As previously mentioned, Chris Hogan is a veteran receiver who’s been around the AFC East. Hogan played with the New England Patriots from 2016-2018, culminating in two Super Bowl rings. Hogan got his first serious look at the NFL when he played for the Buffalo Bills from 2012-2015. Also, he spent time with the Dolphins in 2011 and 2012.
Last season, Chris Hogan only played in 7 games with the Carolina Panthers due to a left knee injury. In those 7 games, he recorded 8 receptions for 67 yards.
Hogan is not gonna be your best receiver and put up stunning numbers. But, Hogan is a reliable number three receiver option.
Chris Hogan brings speed on the outside for the Jets and can create separation.
Hopefully, Denzel Mims and Vyncint will not miss serious time. But, the Jets have a reliable option in Chris Hogan.