Carolina has signed Chris Hogan to a one-year deal, but I don’t think anyone should be rushing to adjust their draft boards. I don’t think he’ll wind up playing much of a role.
The Panthers have DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel, and I think they’re comfortable with those guys as their starters. They’ve got Jarius Wright, and he’s got a lot of experience working with Norv Turner as a slot receivier. I think Wright will continue to be their third guy.
Hogan, I think, is just a depth pickup. If any of those other three receivers gets hurt, Hogan could potentially fill in. Hogan is a larger receiver, but he played some in the slot with the Bills way back when. The Panthers also have Torrey Smith, but I think Hogan is a little better than Smith.
Hogan has caught 34-38 passes in each of the last four seasons. But he’s 31, and the Patriots weren’t interested in re-signing him. Seems he’s at the point now where he won’t be a certainty to be on the 53-man roster when the season begins.
When we last saw Hogan, he was struggling in the Super Bowl. He didn’t catch any of the 6 passes thrown his way in that game. So for the postseason, Tom Brady went only 8 of 18 when passing to Hogan, for 58 yards. That works out to 3.2 yards per pass play – lowest of the 37 players who saw at least 8 targets in the playoffs this year.
Dontrelle Inman, oddly, finished in the No. 1 spot on that list, and he wasn’t even on a roster when the regular season started last year. But if I were running an NFL team, I would be more interested in signing Inman than Hogan.
|POSTSEASON RECEIVING (yards per pass play)|
|Dontrelle Inman, Ind.||8||8||108||13.5||1||13.5|
|Julian Edelman, N.E.||35||26||388||14.9||0||11.1|
|Allen Robinson, Chi.||13||10||143||14.3||1||11.0|
|Sammy Watkins, K.C.||16||10||176||17.6||0||11.0|
|Brandin Cooks, LAR||27||19||292||15.4||0||10.8|
|Rob Gronkowski, N.E.||19||13||191||14.7||0||10.1|
|Amari Cooper, Dall.||18||13||171||13.2||1||9.5|
|Tyrell Williams, LAC||11||7||103||14.7||0||9.4|
|Keenan Allen, LAC||12||6||112||18.7||1||9.3|
|Michael Gallup, Dall.||15||8||137||17.1||1||9.1|
|Michael Thomas, N.O.||23||16||207||12.9||1||9.0|
|Phillip Dorsett, N.E.||8||5||70||14.0||2||8.8|
|Travis Kelce, K.C.||15||10||131||13.1||1||8.7|
|Alshon Jeffery, Phil.||17||11||145||13.2||0||8.5|
|Keke Coutee, Hou.||14||11||110||10.0||1||7.9|
|Ted Ginn, N.O.||13||6||102||17.0||0||7.8|
|Alvin Kamara, N.O.||17||15||131||8.7||0||7.7|
|Tyreek Hill, K.C.||16||9||114||12.7||0||7.1|
|Chester Rogers, Ind.||11||9||76||8.4||0||6.9|
|T.Y. Hilton, Ind.||21||9||145||16.1||1||6.9|
|Mike Williams, LAC||16||7||110||15.7||0||6.9|
|Tyler Higbee, LAR||8||6||55||9.2||1||6.9|
|Zach Ertz, Phil.||15||10||102||10.2||0||6.8|
|Josh Reynolds, LAR||18||8||121||15.1||0||6.7|
|Damien Williams, K.C.||14||10||91||9.1||2||6.5|
|Antonio Gates, LAC||12||9||76||8.4||1||6.3|
|Lamar Miller, Hou.||10||8||63||7.9||0||6.3|
|Robert Woods, LAR||28||17||172||10.1||0||6.1|
|James White, N.E.||27||20||151||7.6||0||5.6|
|Eric Ebron, Ind.||15||8||77||9.6||1||5.1|
|Ezekiel Elliott, Dall.||10||6||51||8.5||0||5.1|
|Golden Tate, Phil.||13||7||64||9.1||1||4.9|
|Nelson Agholor, Phil.||9||4||38||9.5||0||4.2|
|Taylor Gabriel, Chi.||9||4||37||9.3||0||4.1|
|DeAndre Hopkins, Hou.||10||5||37||7.4||0||3.7|
|Austin Ekeler, LAC||9||7||33||4.7||0||3.7|
|Chris Hogan, N.E.||18||8||58||7.3||0||3.2|