CHARLOTTE – Wide receiver Chris Hogan, a Super Bowl winner twice in his three seasons with the Patriots, has signed a one-year contract with the Panthers.
An unrestricted free agent, the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder has been a productive pass catcher in the AFC East for the past five seasons. A versatile receiver who can play outside and in the slot, Hogan and DeSean Jackson tied for the NFL lead in 2016 with 17.9 yards per reception.
Undrafted out of Monmouth University in 2011, Hogan has 194 catches for 2,610 yards and 18 touchdowns in his career. Since 2016, he ranks second in the NFL with 542 postseason receiving yards and is tied for first with four receiving touchdowns.
Hogan caught 35 passes for 532 yards and three touchdowns in 2018 – comparable to his numbers in New England the previous two years and his final two years in Buffalo before that - but it took him awhile to establish himself. He was a surprise star in 2012 when the Dolphins were featured on the HBO series "Hard Knocks," earning the nickname "7-Eleven" for always being open. But that was his third team in his second NFL season, and it wouldn't be until 2013 with the Bills that he played in his first regular season game and made his first catch.
Since catching 10 balls that season, he was rarely a focal point but was always a factor in Buffalo and New England. Beginning with the 2014 season, he has averaged 37 catches for 503 yards a year, never catching fewer than 34 balls for fewer than 426 yards.
View photos of Carolina's newly signed wide receiver from his time with the Patriots and Bills.