Chris Hogan, age 28
Each year the New England Patriots aim to improve the life of one person by signing them away from the Buffalo Bills. In 2016, that person was Chris Hogan.
Hogan entered the pros in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Monmouth University. He played three seasons with the Bills before being signed by the Patriots last offseason.
In 2014, Hogan caught five balls for 72 yards and a touchdown against the Pats. He also had six catches for 95 yards in his last game against New England.
During Brady’s absence, Hogan had eight receptions, 122 yards, and a touchdown. He finished the season with 38 catches, 680 yards, and four touchdowns. In the AFC Championship, he racked up nine catches for 180 yards and two touchdown catches, matching Julio Jones stat line in the NFC Championship.
Versus the Baltimore Ravens, Hogan tore away for a 79-yard touchdown. He finished 2016 with four plays for over 40 yards.
The addition of Brandin Cooks will reduce Hogan’s role in 2017, although he’ll be a premium third wide receiver. New England’s surplus of veteran talent at the position makes for a dynamic offense with multiple weapons in the passing game.