Chris Hogan compares Tom Brady and Cam Newton as QBs
Chris Hogan, now playing with the Panthers after three years with the Patriots, compared what it’s like to catch passes from Tom Brady and Cam Newton.
Chris Hogan was all class when he left New England for Carolina, thanking his teammates, coaches, and fans for making his experience a memorable one playing for the Patriots from 2015-2018. After he was done sharing gratitude and reflecting on the past, though, Hogan made it clear he was excited for the next challenge ahead of him, and was ready to talk about his future.
Now that’s he had the benefit of getting in some quality reps at receiver with his new team over their three-day minicamp, he’s not afraid to point out some of the similarities and differences between the two franchises – and between their two signal-callers.
When asked by ESPN’s David Newton if he thought the Panthers had the requisite talent and ability needed to make it to the Super Bowl – an accomplishment the Patriots did in all three of the years Hogan spent in New England – he didn’t hesitate for a second.
“Oh, yeah!” Hogan exclaimed. “It seems like to me all the tools are there. (Offensively) we have a lot of talent, a lot of good guys. Our defense, they look pretty scary on paper.”
The 31-year-old Hogan did admit there were some glaring differences between Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton… mainly regarding their approach to practice.
Hogan called them “totally different players,” with Newton being more “kidlike” and exuberant after big plays or completions by his receivers, while Brady is categorized by a “more businesslike approach.”
Of course, that isn’t to say that Brady can’t have fun on the field, or that Newton doesn’t take his job seriously. We’ve all seen Brady run down the field to give his scoring teammates a fierce face-mask-bump, and Newton clearly “wants to win,” according to Hogan.
“That competitive nature, it’s there,” Hogan said of his new quarterback. “When it comes time to strap on the pads and play football, (the Panthers’) focus is on one goal and that’s winning football games. Cam wants to win. You can tell that right away from talking to him and being around him.”
Hogan sounds like he’s making a smooth transition from one team to another. For Carolina’s sake, here’s hoping he can bring some of New England’s winning ways and culture with him – just not at the expense of the Patriots’ success, of course.