Subsequent to working two jobs as a lacrosse player this summer, veteran wide receiver Chris Hogan will get back to the NFL and attempt to help the New Orleans Saints compensate for the shortfall of harmed star Michael Thomas.
Hogan, 33, agreed to an deal with the Saints on Monday, a source disclosed to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, affirming a NFL Network report.
True to form, Thomas was formally placed on the physically unable to perform list Monday to begin training camp. He is relied upon to miss time toward the beginning of the regular season in the wake of having ankle surgery in June.
Hogan (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) will compete for a roster spot along Saints recipients Tre’Quan Smith, Deonte Harris, Marquez Callaway and others in a position bunch that is slender on demonstrated ability after New Orleans delivered veteran Emmanuel Sanders this offseason.
Hogan won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots during a nine-year career that likewise saw him play with the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and New York Jets. Yet, subsequent to playing in only 12 absolute games with the Panthers and Jets in 2019 and 2020 while battling injuries, he momentarily chose to switch careers this offseason and play in the Premier Lacrosse League before the Saints lured him back.
Hogan was a champion lacrosse player at Penn State before he went through a year playing football at Monmouth and joined the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2012. He was for the most part latent during his time in the PLL, starting with the Cannons prior to being traded to the Whipsnakes.
Back in the NFL, Hogan carries versatility alongside his experience. He has arranged similarly in the slot and out wide while getting 216 passes for 2,795 yards and 18 touchdowns in the regular season. He has another 34 catches for 542 yards and four TDs in the end of the season games.