FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have agreed to terms on a contract with veteran Chris Hogan to boost their banged-up wide receiver corps.
Hogan spent last season with Carolina but caught just eight passes for 67 yards in seven games while missing a large chunk of the season following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
“He's somebody whose name has come up quite a bit around here when we were talking about guys to add,” coach Adam Gase said. “He's a guy that's going to be able to come in here and pick up the offense very quickly.”
The Jets were in need of a veteran receiver with rookie Denzel Mims, the team's second-rounder, missing the first few practices with a hamstring injury. Vyncint Smith also was sidelined Sunday with a core injury and will see a specialist, Gase said.
On Friday, Gase said the Jets would entertain the idea of adding a receiver with experience, but noted the difficulty of doing so quickly because of pandemic-related restrictions. The Jets found a local guy in Hogan to step in, but he'll have to go through a few days of COVID-19 testing before he can practice.
The 32-year-old Hogan is a Wyckoff, New Jersey, native who played football at Monmouth after playing lacrosse at Penn State. He was signed by San Francisco as an undrafted free agent in 2011, and also spent time with the Giants (2011) and Miami (2011-12) before joining Buffalo. After four seasons with the Bills, Hogan signed with New England and was part of three Super Bowl champion teams in his three years.
“Obviously, we've competed against him quite a bit,” Gase said. “We just feel he's a good fit for us.”
Hogan has 202 career receptions for 2,677 yards and 18 touchdowns in eight NFL seasons.