Friday, August 1, 2014

Hogan's third-down reliabity earning him a roster spot


Third down was a nightmare for the entire Buffalo Bills offense last season. Well, with one exception.

Chris Hogan had only 10 receptions for 83 yards during the team’s 2013 campaign. He may not have seen a ton of action in his third year in the league, but he was certainly relied upon to help move the chains.

Of those 10 catches, 40 percent of them yielded a first down, a rare bright spot in a unit that had only a 34 percent conversion rate on third down.

Now in his third year with the Bills and fighting for what’s likely the final roster spot for a crowded wide receiver pool, his unwavering clutch play and reliability continues to separate him from the other youngsters looking to make the cut.

“He comes to work ready to go,” quarterback E.J. Manuel said of Hogan, via The Buffalo News. “He’s very assignment oriented and he’s made some huge catches for us on these third-down conversions.”

Chris Brown of wrote that Hogan has been getting "consistent separation from coverage and looks at home in the slot." Those thoughts were echoed by his head coach, who’s seen Hogan’s game continue to rise throughout training camp and into Canton, as the team prepares for the Hall of Fame game against the New York Giants.

“He’s reliable, last year he showed us that and on third down our quarterback had confidence in him to go to him when he was out there in the slot,” Doug Marrone said. “He’s a big strong player, he’s been playing well, and he’s made some good moves this week.”

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