Chris Hogan’s perspective on football was shaped in the early years of his professional career when he bounced from team to team, just hoping to stick on a roster, and that’s what he is leaning heavily on as he attacks a new challenge in his career.
In the past two games, he has played 107 snaps, has been targeted just three times and doesn’t have a catch. That’s a lot of plays to come up empty on the stat sheet.
But the plays haven’t been coming his way, even when he’s open, as quarterback Tom Brady acknowledged on a critical fourth-down situation in Tennessee when Hogan ran a terrific route down the right sideline and cleanly beat cornerback Malcolm Butler.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china
Coach Bill Belichick regularly stresses that the Patriots don’t pre-determine which receiver will catch the ball before the snap (unless it’s a screen play), so Hogan’s lack of action is a result of multiple factors, including defensive coverage, Brady’s decision-making process and Hogan’s ability to get open.
Belichick lauded Hogan as one of the team’s hardest workers on Monday, adding, “He’s got good stamina, can practice and go all day.”nfl nike jerseys cheap china
“We have a lot of confidence in Chris and our entire offense,” he said.
Brady, who targeted Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman 12 times apiece in the team’s last game, has echoed that point as it relates to Hogan’s recent lack of production. After all, it was only a month ago that Hogan had a season-high six catches for 63 yards in a win over Chicago.
“The competitor in me wants to make those plays in the game and get those opportunities, but at the end of the day, obviously, if my teammates are out there making plays, that’s all I care about. Winning football games is why we’re in this business,” Hogan said. “For me, it really just comes down to doing my job and making sure I’m not getting covered. If you turn on the tape and I’m getting covered, then what are we talking about?”