Chris Hogan ready for ‘new chapter’ with Carolina Panthers
New Carolina Panthers wide receiver Chris Hogan is a veteran with a plan.
The Carolina Panthers officially moved on from former general manager Dave Gettleman and his love for big bodied wide receivers. After trading away former first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin, allowing Devin Funchess an opportunity in the spotlight, the team enters 2019 without either. Making replacements through the draft and by signing Chris Hogan, a revamped group fills the current roster.
Funchess left this offseason, signing with the Indianapolis Colts, and new general manager Marty Hurney continues reconstructing the receiving corps. D.J. Moore was added last year signaling a shift from big targets to guys who run clean routes and make plays after the catch – a trend that continues.
Another receiver, Terry Godwin, was selected in the draft this past April and Carolina also added a veteran, Hogan, who can not only assist in the locker room but on the field. After breaking into the league as an undrafted free agent, Hogan has spent time with six different organizations but most notably the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots.
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After three productive seasons with each, Hogan now finds himself in Carolina and the Panthers are hopeful some of his most recent team success carries over. In New England from 2016-2018, Hogan played in three consecutive Super Bowls, winning two.
Ready for a “new chapter, a new opportunity to prove” himself to teammates, coaches and fans, there should be plenty of chances for him in Carolina. Playing with quarterback Cam Newton is going to be entirely different than catching balls from Tom Brady, but hopefully Hogan can shine with the Panthers.
A proven work ethic figures to be one of his many advantages and something he can share with the younger receivers in the room. Hogan’s path from undrafted free agent to winning multiple Super Bowl championships offers plenty of reason to be excited about his signing.
Read the full interview between ESPN Staff Writer Mike Reiss and Hogan, here.