AFC Notes: Hogan, Patriots, Broncos, Lynch, Texans

Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan was on his way to a career year in 2017 before a shoulder injury derailed his season. In a recent article, Jeff Howe of The Athletic breaks down why the Patriots will be leaning on Hogan more than ever in 2018, and how it could lead to a “big payday” for the impending free agent.

Howe points out that although Hogan missed essentially the entire second half of last regular season and was quiet in the Patriots’ first two playoff games, he exploded for 128 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl, showing he can still be a dynamic playmaker for the team. Howe notes that with Brandin Cooks traded to the Rams, Danny Amendola gone to the Dolphins, and Julian Edelman suspended for the first four games of the season, the Patriots will be counting on Hogan more than ever.

Howe also points out that the extra opportunity comes at a great time for Hogan, who is headed into the final year of his three-year $12MM deal. Howe thinks Hogan could earn himself “a life-altering contract in free agency” and says that “barring injury, Hogan’s floor shouldn’t be a dime less than $6.5 million per season.”

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6 comments on “AFC Notes: Hogan, Patriots, Broncos, Lynch, Texans

  1. jorge78

    But how can they say it’s banned if they don’t know what it is? He could have been poisoned!

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  2. sportsfan101

    How pathetic is it Edelman was suspended yet the NFL can’t identify what he took? Do how can he be suspended? Something smells fishy to me here…

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    • louwhitakerisahofer

      Yep… it must be yet another NFL conspiracy to keep the Patriots as a
      irrelevant team .

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      • driftcat28

        I know you’re trolling but it isn’t the first time he nfl has jumped to suspend with out adequate proof.

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  3. Max Jackson

    Sometimes I think when there’s positive they’re mum on its a harder FASTER drug that the league and player would mutually like to keep discrete.

    Not sure what drug disclosures and the players assoc. are written within the NFL though.

    Sometimes I wondered about the MLB’s timing with that sort of thing.

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